Fylde coast to pioneer hi-tech elderly care

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Patients in Fylde and Wyre will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care.

The Fylde and Wyre NHS team are taking part in the first of a series of new NHS “test bed” projects to improve the way elderly and frail patients will be looked after at home.

It aims to use a range of technologies and interventions to support people living with long-term conditions and dementia outside of hospital.

The scheme was unveiled by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

On the Fylde coast it could see the sue of items such as sensors and other wearable technologies to help people look after themselves in the home as well as smartphone apps.

Peter Tinson, chief operating officer for the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, which is teaming up with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster Health Hub and Philips said: “We are delighted and excited by the opportunity this programme will provide to work with a leading technology company and be at the forefront of innovation in health and care services.

“Through this programme, we will be able to use cutting edge technology to transform health and care for local people, supporting them to better manage their own health and live better quality, more independent lives.

“We will pioneer the use of wearable technology and sensors in the home to monitor people who are vulnerable, provide tools such as home blood glucose testing and look at how we can use social media and apps to promote good health.

“This will hugely benefit our new models of care, which help people to receive more coordinated support closer to their home and less in hospital.

“This will be aligned with the wider digital work taking place across Lancashire.”