Hi-tech solution keeps residents out of hospital

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An NHS funded project is helping keep Leeds care home residents out of hospital.

Six care homes in Leeds and eight in Harrogate are involved in the ‘telehealth’ pilot scheme which allows health and care staff to remotely monitor residents’ health, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported.

Julie Brown, director of scheme participant Camellia and Bluebell Care Services, said: “Since using telehealth we’ve allayed some of the anxiety felt by residents and their family members whenever a health complication arises.

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“Now my staff have the ability to consult other health care professionals quickly without waiting for a GP or out of hours doctor visit and to get the right treatment in place promptly. This helps reduce the risk of a hospital admission.”

Staff at Sunnyside Care Home in Crossgates use the system to communicate directly with doctors and residents.

The technology, which allows medical staff to monitor conditions such as high blood pressure, helps prevent hospital admissions by spotting health issues early.

The scheme is part of NHS England’s West Yorkshire and Harrogate Acceleration Zone’s £8m programme to improve urgent and emergency care.

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