Messaging app wins new customers

Forward Health, a communications app has announced new deals with Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The new contracts takes the company to a footprint of 20 NHS trusts to adopt the solution, helping them move away from pagers, faxes and potentially WhatsApp as a way of communication.

In 2017 the clinical messaging app was launched by NHS doctors Barney Gilbert and Lydia Yarlott, alongside entrepreneur Philip Mundy. It is now being used across the NHS and over 5 million messages have been sent using the messaging tool.

Independent research by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network estimates that the technology saves each NHS trust approximately £7 million over a 5-year term.

Dr Barney Gilbert, Co-founder and Co-CEO “It’s great to see how quickly Forward has grown, from an idea we dreamed up during night shifts to an app which is delivering millions of messages and making a tangible difference to clinicians and patients across the UK.”

Dr Lydia Yarlott, Co-founder, commented  “5 million is a brilliant milestone to reach and I’m proud of the whole Forward team for everything we’ve achieved.”

“As well as saving the NHS precious resources I’m delighted to see the impact Forward has had on staff wellbeing. Improving job satisfaction for clinicians and enabling them to deliver better patient care speaks to the true heart of healthcare: the relationship between doctor and patient.”