Alice Quinn is an Antrim Area Hospital patient with Type 1 diabetes, which has caused chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a history of hypertension. In April 2013, Alice received a new kidney after her renal function dropped below 20%.

Alice was first referred to the Telemonitoring NI service last year as a track and trend patient, which meant she would take her blood pressure readings on a regular basis, which were automatically referred to the monitoring centre where Alice’s renal nurse specialist Louise Sloan would access the information and monitor her condition to determine the best course of treatment.

How has telemonitoring helped?

Alice: “Before telemonitoring I had to go to the centre to have my blood pressure taken and have my EPO injections. I used to get stressed about appointments which sent my blood pressure up, and I ended up missing some. Having the telemonitoring installed meant I could take accurate blood pressure readings to suit myself at home, which meant I could do EPOs myself, like I do my insulin. Even now, after my transplant, the whole thing is so much easier because I do not have to go for appointments all the time. It’s been so useful and helpful, I know much more about how to manage my own health now, and what to do if I’m having a bad day.”

“Unfortunately I had an acute episode recently which meant I had to be admitted to hospital, but having telemonitoring meant I was discharged early, as they were confident I was being monitored. I also feel I’m getting more specialised care – I don’t really see my GP much as the telemonitoring helps the renal team keep an eye on me and they can call me or visit when they need to.”

Louise Sloan, Renal Nurse Specialist in Antrim Area Hospital said: “Telemonitoring has had a really positive impact on the way we manage a wide range of renal patients, from general nephrology to people using EPO and peritoneal and haemodialysis. In some cases, particularly for hypertensive patients like Alice, the system is really useful for helping to titrate medication, giving us an accurate picture of reactions to changes over time. Telemonitoring means we’re able to provide better standard of care; there’s no way we could deliver daily monitoring without it.”

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