Chelsea and Westminster Hospital physios help develop hand therapy app

Physiotherapists at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust have been instrumental in developing an app to support people with hand injuries.

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The hand therapy app contains more than 80 instructional videos and audio tutorials

It provides patients with bespoke exercises prescribed by their therapist to aid recovery, according to a spokesperson for the trust, which treats more than 4,500 hand injury patients every year.

The app also contains a library of more than 80 instructional videos and audio tutorials, which patients can follow and replicate at home.

Built-in reminders help patients meet their recommended exercise times and frequency. The aim is to improve patient compliance and comprehension, and aid positive outcomes.

Victoria Rainey, a physiotherapist at the trust, said that after being involved in weeks of script writing and video filming for the app, it was fantastic to be able to use it with patients. 

‘They are able to follow the exercise videos in real time resulting in improved performance of the exercises,’ she said.

‘Patients also love the reminder feature and the option to keep a log each time they do their home exercise programme. 

‘As a team we're all really proud of how the app looks and really feel it will enhance patient care.’

Launched in November, the app is available for Chelsea and Westminster patients to download free on Apple  or android devices.

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by Gill Hitchcock

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