How it works

Telehealth involves a small electronic unit, roughly the size of a telephone, being connected to the telephone line in the your home. You will also receive a range of devices that connect wirelessly to the unit.

Depending on your condition, these devices can take readings such as:

  • blood pressure
  • oxygen levels
  • blood glucose levels
  • heart rhythm
  • weight
  • pulse
  • temperature

The unit is also programmed to ask you questions about your general health and wellbeing.

Most patients will use their telehealth system once a day. Each time you use it, your readings are sent automatically to a monitoring centre where any abnormal readings are identified. When this happens, your GP or nurse is informed who will then make contact with you and take the necessary action.

Telehealth in Gloucestershire – a Patient Perspective