Telecare scheme expands to include those with other conditions
A successful programme that has nurses calling up diabetic patients to monitor their progress has been expanded to include patients with other chronic conditions.
The telecare scheme now covers heart failure patients as well as those suffering from chronic lung disease.
The plan is to extend these services by the Health Management Unit to include patients with coronary artery disease, stroke and hip fracture in the hope of obtaining similar results.
Hospital admission among the diabetics dropped by about a third under the scheme. They also chalked up better blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol readings.