Coronavirus: Weldmar Hospice launches 'UK-first' care app

Coronavirus: Weldmar Hospice launches 'UK-first' care app

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 5th April 2020.

Weldmar's new care app is the first of it's kind in the UK

Dorset's Weldmar Hospice care are launching a new app to help deliver care over the internet.

'Weldmar Connect' will allow Weldmar Community Nurses, also known as (WCN's) to monitor patients at home.

It's the first of its kind to be developed and launched in the UK.

The app's been developed by technology consultant Kate Taylor and health technology provider Inhealthcare.

Weldmar Connect App

The charity provide over 80% of their end of life care in patient's own homes.

Weldmar Connect will provide a link to community patients at a time when non-essential travel and social distancing is so important.

Community nurses will continue to make patient visits when necessary, wearing masks and other personal protective equipment.

The app allows patients to use their smartphone, tablet or computer to complete a daily questionnaire about their symptoms such as pain, nausea and anxiety. 

They will also answer questions about their mobility and dependence on others.

Patients without internet access can complete the questionnaire through an automated daily phone call.

The patient's assigned Weldmar Community Nurse will see the results of the daily questionnaire, which allows the nurse to prioritise their caseload for the day. 

The information will also help WCN's identify trends in each of their patients. 

Lucy Moxham and Emma Randall are nurses who have used Weldmar Connect with some of their patients during the trial period.  

Lucy says:

"As a nurse, it has enabled me to monitor patient symptoms remotely and more regularly and pick up on issues sooner than maybe I would normally. 

"This has meant that I've been able to resolve/act on problems quicker. Weldmar Connect is super easy to use and takes less than five minutes for a patient to complete."

WCN Emma Randall says it gives patients the chance to take some control:

 "It's not about replacing phone calls or visits but is empowering for patients and allows them a platform to record their symptoms.  

"Patients often have lots going on and having to not recall their symptoms over a longer period of time means our time spent with them can be more effective, and can be focused on their needs and worries at that time."

Elizabeth and Peter Routledge live in Thornford, Dorset, and have been using Weldmar Connect for the past week, recording Elizabeth's symptoms for pancreatic cancer and lung metastases:

Peter Says: 

"I'm not great when it comes to technology, but actually I've found it very easy to use.  It's very easy to lose track of what's happened the day before, so the idea of pin pointing symptoms and other factors every day is really useful.  

"The information enables us to see what we need to concentrate on.  There's also the facility to add any other details not included in the questionnaire - I told Emma about a specific problem Elizabeth was having, Emma was able to advise on it, so she knows exactly what I'm doing, and problems don't exacerbate."