Common questions

Common questions

  • Are clinicians embracing telemonitoring in Northern Ireland?

    Like all new technology projects, telemonitoring will take time to be embedded into practice. However, feedback from previous pilots and evaluations indicate as clinicians start using telemonitoring, they begin to see the benefit for both them and their patients.

  • Does telemonitoring reduce face-to-face contact?

    Telemonitoring is a tool to direct clinicians to the patients that have the greatest need and is not a replacement for a face-to-face visit where one is required. Feedback from patients has been extremely positive with patients liking the fact that someone is keeping an eye on them on a daily basis.

  • Must clinicians be on hand to respond to alerts at all times?

    Telemonitoring is not an emergency service. The TF3 triage team will monitor these alerts and respond to questions about the patient's condition and wellbeing. Where appropriate, they will contact the patient to collate further information as well as provide support and education.

    Alerts will be escalated to trusts local response team where the alerts have been deemed to be significant. In these cases the clinician may phone or visit the patient. It should always be stressed to the patient that if they feel acutely unwell or there is an emergency they should follow the normal route of calling 999 or their GP.