Nottingham Primary Care Trust rolls out telecare system to reduce hospital admissions

Nottingham City Primary Care Trust (PCT) has launched one of the UK 's largest mainstream deployments of telehealth.

Nottingham City Primary Care Trust (PCT) has launched one of the UK 's largest mainstream deployments of telehealth.

The technology will be used to monitor people with long-term conditions in their own homes, delivering timely, preventative care and improving quality of life, said the PCT.

With around 22,000 hospital admissions per year in Nottingham linked to long-term conditions - 40% of all hospital activity - mainstreaming telehealth will dramatically reduce hospital admissions and GP visits.

This will lessen the burden on primary and acute care providers and ensure NHS resources are used effectively, the PCT said.

Nottingham PCT will use Genesis DM monitors from telecare specialist Tunstall to monitor around 800 people each year with long-term conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

This approach supports independent living, promotes patient self-management and reduces the need for repeat hospital admissions.

The decision to mainstream telehealth across the city follows a successful 12-month pilot in 2007, which saw a reduction in hospital admissions, GP visits and matron and community nurse home visits, enabling primary and secondary care teams in Nottingham to make the best possible use of healthcare resources.

Sally Parker, head of adult services for Nottingham City PCT said, "Nottingham is the seventh most deprived city in the country. Mainstreaming telehealth and making it an integral part of our care model will radically change the way patients are cared for in the community.

"Telehealth allows patients with chronic conditions to benefit from continuous monitoring while respecting their privacy, and crucially it educates them to be more aware of their own symptoms and to proactively manage them," she said.

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