Veteran patients at an orthopaedic in Shropshire are benefitting from an app that provides information about treatment.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) has teamed up with myrecovery to launch the app, which is designed for orthopaedic patients and aims to help them feel more informed about their pre and post-op care.
RJAH is believed to be the first NHS trust to use the myrecovery app. It is being trialled with patients under the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service and could later be rolled out across the whole hospital.
The app includes videos from surgeons, physiotherapists and nurses who offer tips and advice for patients, as well as providing them with a way to track their progress on the road to recovery.
Lieutenant colonel Carl Meyer, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and serving officer in the British Army who leads on the veterans’ orthopaedic service at the hospital, said the app was a “valuable tool”.
He added: “They [his patients] now have all the information they need at their fingertips, and all the content has been created and approved by the team so it’s accurate, up-to-date and reliable.”
“Being able to monitor our patients progress after discharge is the most important feature the app gives us and is a huge help when patients can be based all over the UK.
“The information on the app is also tailored to each individual patient and their recovery needs, rather than us relying on a one-size-fits-all approach”
As well as improving patient experience, the creators of myrecovery will be releasing a number of important tools to help drive the best patient outcomes and highest levels of patient safety.
The myrecovery team say there are other potential benefits to the app, including reducing workload for hospital staff, as it aims to keep patient phone calls and emails to a minimum.
Stuart Hubbard, Head of Partnerships at myrecovery, said: “The app will also help RJAH when it comes to reporting data, helping staff to get a better understanding of patient disease progression, procedure outcomes, their performance and the care they provide.”