The fifth podcast of the series is a medtech special featuring new technology being used to detect Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that could lead to stroke. It is estimated that over 400,000 people in the UK remain undiagnosed for AF. Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Caroline Prentice, a practice manager at Goldington Avenue Surgery in Bedford, and her colleague Emma Bowler a practice nurse, to give us an insight into how they have introduced this new technology at seven practices in the area.
Academic Health Science Networks are distributing more than 6,000 mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) units to GP practices, pharmacies and other community settings across England. A number of different devices are being distributed. This technology detects irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily, enabling NHS staff to refer patients for the appropriate follow-up and treatment.
To find out more about the Atrial Fibrillation project featured, email Caroline Prentice, Practice Manager, Goldington Avenue Surgery, email: Carolineprentice@nhs.net
In the fourth podcast of the series, Dr Chowhan meets St Albans GP and consultant Dr Steve Laitner to delve into some of Steve’s innovative approaches to delivering more proactive primary care. Steve uses population management techniques to help create a more tailored approach that caters better for each individual patient’s needs.