Airedale telehealth project wins national award
Airedale Hospital’s Digital Hub has scooped a national award.
The Trust’s Telehealth in Care Homes project won Health Business magazine’s Telehealth award at a ceremony in London on 14 December.
Staff working from Airedale’s Digital Hub provide 24/7 clinical advice and support for residents in over 500 residential and nursing homes across the country. The service provides care home residents with specialist medical care and support via a secure two-way video link without them having to go to hospital – an experience that can be distressing, particularly for residents with dementia.
Staff nurse Justus Ndiko and sister Michelle Bell attended the ceremony and were presented with the award by Dr Phil Hammond, the well-known doctor, broadcaster and comedian. They said: “There were some excellent organisations and initiatives represented at the awards ceremony, and we were honoured to win the Telehealth category. It was a very proud moment collecting the award from Dr Phil Hammond and we were pleased to accept on behalf of the whole team.”
Nurse consultant for the service, Rachel Binks, is delighted with the award: “The Digital Care Hub at Airedale Hospital has been delivering a video assessment service to care homes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since 2011. I am very proud of our clinical team who deliver first class support to residents in care homes across the country, preventing unnecessary GP and district nurse visits as well as avoiding inappropriate admissions to hospital. The clinical team are supported by the whole hospital and administration staff who together make this an award winning service.”