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NHS patients will receive a £120 private health app to adjust for surgery

NHS patients will receive a £120 private health app including a personalized fitness and nutrition plan to get them fit for surgery

  • Sapien Health will work with NHS trusts to prepare patients for surgery
  • Patients will receive a personalized diet and health plans before their operation.
  • The app will also help patients speed up their recovery after surgery.

A health app promises to shorten hospital stays and speed recovery from major surgery by helping patients get in shape before going under the knife.

Private healthcare firm Sapien Health will soon start working with dozens of NHS Trusts to provide personalized diet plans and exercise programs on patients’ smartphones in the run-up to operations and during the recovery phase afterward.

Once patients receive a surgery date and have downloaded the app, a specially trained trainer contacts them and asks them a series of questions to determine their fitness level and diet regimen. Trainers then design health goals that can be anything from losing weight to helping patients feel more energized when starting a new activity, all of which are accessed through the app.

Patients will be able to download a special app and will be connected to a coach to monitor their progress with the personalized plan

Patients will be able to download a special app and will be connected to a coach to monitor their progress with the personalized plan

The app will continue to provide assistance after surgery to help with the patient's recovery.

The app will continue to provide assistance after surgery to help with the patient’s recovery.

Each week the trainer will have a 20 minute call with the patient to monitor their progress.

The program typically begins two months before the patient’s operation and continues for up to a month afterward.

Dr Rebecca Barker, Consultant Anesthetist at Sherwood Forest NHS Trust who piloted the service, says: “It’s really important that patients are prepared for surgery because research shows they will recover faster, go home faster and They will have fewer complications.

“From what we’ve seen, patients really enjoy the program and are more motivated to help themselves get better.”

Each patient using the app costs the health service £120. But the experts behind it say it can help reduce the number of operations canceled each year, many of which are due to patients not being fit for surgery. surgery.

Improving fitness levels before surgery can also dramatically boost recovery, reducing the risk of complications and speeding the time it takes for patients to recover.

Previous studies have shown that patients who participate in a program before their operations have a halved risk of surgical complications and leave the hospital three days earlier than expected.

Dr. Barker adds: ‘There are many opportunities to improve the preparation of patients for surgery.

‘It’s easy for doctors to issue guidelines, instead of thinking about how we can help individual patients. That is what we are trying to do here.

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