Do-it-yourself healthcare coming to the Moorlands soon

PATIENTS in the Staffordshire Moorlands are among up to 500 registered at GP practices in North Staffordshire set to take part in a scheme to help them manage their own long-term conditions using modern technology.

The £50,000 ‘pathfinder’ project will include those with cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions.

They will be able to check themselves on things like blood pressure and oxygen levels using apps and digital devices.

The project, supported by the Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, will commence in October.

Dr Ruth Chambers, from Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Conditioning Group (CCG), said wearable and mobile devices are now able to monitor a range of conditions that once required people to go for regular check-ups at their GP surgery or hospital.