COMMERCIAL: NHS Gloucestershire has signed a £5m contract with Tunstall Healthcare for the provision of a telehealth service to 2,000 patients with long term conditions.

Initially the focus will be on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic heart failure, coronary heart disease and diabetes, but Tunstall plans to work with primary and secondary care clincians to redesign other care pathways.

PCT project lead Linda Prosser said: “The widespread use of telehealth technology will complement other developments across the NHS in Gloucestershire to help reduce referrals to hospitals, help more patients to receive their care within, or as close to, home as possible and help more patients to understand better and self manage their own conditions, within the safety and fabric of telehealth monitoring.”

Tunstall’s managing director Simon Arnold said: “We are extremely pleased to be working in a strategic partnership with such an innovative team. We are committed to ensuring this large scale managed telehealth service is a success and I am confident that patients and clinicians will benefit greatly in the future.”