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UK hospital using telehealth to support patients with respiratory conditions

Iain Morris
November 12, 2014

Doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in the UK are making use of telehealth technology to support patients in their homes, according to a report from the Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy.

A new respiratory center at the facility in Surrey will use advanced technologies to treat patients, according to the report.

The unit – called the Remeo center – will be the first center in the UK where patients leaving the hospital will be able to receive treatment in their homes after being “weaned” off mechanical ventilation.

“We are modelling ourselves on the Lane Fox respiratory unit at St Thomas’ hospital in London,” said Ruth Kent, a respiratory physiotherapist at the hospital, according to the report.

The unit was opened in October and is said to be equipped with technology that allows physiotherapists and nurses to use virtual access technology so they can better support patients with chronic respiratory conditions.

“My vision would be that – because I am currently the only physio on the unit – I can link in with clinical specialists at St Thomas’ if I need support,” Kent is quoted as saying.

Kent is apparently planning on using telehealth technology to define healthcare targets for patients receiving treatment.

“The center is going to grow and there will be opportunities for physiotherapy rotations between the Remeo centre and the main East Surrey hospital site,” said Kent, according to the report.

The Remeo center is reported to be the product of a partnership between the public and private sectors.
 
 
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