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PCT chiefs claim teleheath reduces GP visits

West Kent PCT claims it has reduced GP visits by 1,104 over six months after introducing nurse-led telehealth technology.

Patients with long term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease take their own readings of blood pressure, blood glucose levels and weight, and relay them from their homes to computers monitored by PCT nurses.

Nurses can usually offer advice by computer or phone. Health secretary Alan Johnson has given £31m for large scale telehealth trials in West Kent, Cornwall and south London.

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