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North Yorkshire and York PCT

North Yorkshire and York PCT welcomes evidence for telehealth

PERFORMANCE: NHS North Yorkshire and York, which has pioneered investment in telehealth, has welcomed national plans to roll out the technology nationwide.

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The Department of Health this week announced it would press the adoption of telehealth services nationwide. It follows a huge government backed trial demonstrating the technology can reduce mortality and emergency admissions.

NHS North Yorkshire and York currently has the largest scale telehealth project in the UK, with over 600 patients involved.

The PCT’s assistant director of strategy Kerry Wheeler, and lead for the project, said in a statement: “It’s encouraging to hear that the benefits of using telehealth to better manage long term conditions have been recognised at a national level.

“We’ve been introducing telehealth to patients in North Yorkshire and York for over two years and the impact has been incredible; both in terms of clinical outcomes and patient experience.

“We have seen a significant decrease in the number of patients requiring an admission to hospital since using telehealth and the feedback from patients themselves has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We will continue to work with our GP and secondary care colleagues to ensure as many patients as possible in the area get chance to benefit from it.”

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