Staff from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Thrombosis UK, have launched a new app, ‘Let’s Talk Clots’, to provide information on blood clots, how to reduce the risk of developing one and to support people in recovery.
The app provides information for patients on why blood clots form, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, recovery and managing the psychological impact caused by a clot, where to find more information and support, and information on other conditions.
Oxford University Hospitals plans to include details of the new app in patients’ discharge paperwork, and then in the future to include details on patients’ admission paperwork.
Sarah Havord, a blood clot prevention specialist at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “This resource is very much needed, providing free access to medically-approved information across the blood clot journey and, I believe, will help to save lives and restore lives affected by blood clots.
“The app started simply as an idea of mine, and has been developed in collaboration with Thrombosis UK, allied healthcare professionals, individuals who have been diagnosed with a blood clot, and their family members. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and help provided – it really wouldn’t have been possible without all those involved. All I ask now is for you to please download this app and share it with others.”
The app also includes medically approved films, frequently asked questions, links to further support, and printable resources. There is also a public chat to join a conversation or to share experiences.
To find out more, visit: Thrombosis UK | Let’s Talk Clots
In September, HTN covered the launch of the Innovative Devices Access Pathway pilot to help NHS address unmet needs. The pilot aims to support the “rapid development of innovative technologies” that could be introduced into the NHS to address currently unmet needs.
Last month, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust launched a new patient portal, providing patients the ability to manage their own hospital appointments from a range of devices at any time.