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NHS Trust launches new app for IBS patients – Med-Tech Innovation

NHS Tayside, in partnership with Inhealthcare, has launched a new app aimed at people suffering with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

NHS Tayside is implementing the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pathway from the Scottish Government’s new Modernising Patient Pathways Programme. 

People are diagnosed within primary care and referred to NHS dietitians who then register them onto the new service. They are able to access trusted information at any time to help them understand and manage their condition. It helps people to track their symptoms over time and identify any changes. They can request extra support from dietitians via the app as and when needed.

Georgia Nelson, regional sales manager at Inhealthcare, said: “This new service is built around the needs of people with IBS so they can access help and support at a time convenient to them. 

“This empowers individuals as they come to terms with their condition and frees up clinicians to spend time with people who need the most care.

“The first cohort of people with IBS have been given access to the app. It is hoped the service will be rolled out more widely in the coming months.”

The new service aims to reduce the time taken for people to start receiving specialist advice and support from weeks to days. If they have not shown any signs of improvement after four weeks on the service, they can request further support from the dietitian and move onto the next stage in the management pathway. The new app has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme and the Modernising Patient Pathways Programme.

Tayside Nutrition Managed Clinical Network programme manager Jacqueline Walker, said: “IBS is a complex condition with many contributing factors, which can include diet, stress and anxiety.

“We launched this service with Inhealthcare to strengthen self-management, deliver care closer to home and speed up access to clinicians for those with the greatest need.”

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