North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has introduced an app to help patients prepare and recover from surgery.
Patients who are undergoing joint replacements (knee and hip) can have the option of using the mymobility app, as a way to receive advice and support. The trust piloted the app last year and has since seen over 150 patients use the platform.
The app is a collaboration between the trust, Apple and Zimmer-Biomet. It is also been led by orthopaedic consultant Anwar Jafri and registrar Mo Helmy with further support from the wider elective service.
Mr Jafri said: “The mymobility platform complements the care the team give to our patients, allowing tailored information and guidance to be delivered remotely. Before surgery, it helps patients understand their condition, how to help themselves be ready for their operation and how to prepare for their recovery.
“Recovery after surgery is a significant challenge for us – mymobility helps us create a care plan, scheduled exercises, reminders and progress reports. Our team can monitor this and change the activity plan if needed – smartphone technology also allows us to monitor activity levels, steps, stand hours and floors climbed. Enhanced biometrics can be collected for patients with wearables.”
Leeann Thomson, specialist nurse in the team, added: “We are on hand for our patients whenever they need us – we are that point of contact if they have any questions or concerns. The mymobility platform has helped reassure our patients and given us a central place to store all of the significant amount of information we give them. From the video demonstrations to the regular notifications to exercise, it has enhanced the care we provide.”