A hospital in Dorset is set to become the first in the UK to allow diabetic patients to monitor their blood sugar levels while in the comfort of their own home .
The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has revealed plans to install equipment that will enable patients to carry out tests at home and send the data back to the institute via the internet .
The information will then be looked at by hospital staff on duty around the clock who will then give advice where appropriate.
The Axon TeleHealthCare system, partly developed and tested by officials at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, aims to reduce the number of patients visiting the hospital .
“We have used the system to help people already established on insulin pump therapy, allowing them to wirelessly download data from their glucose meter or insulin pump into their home PC,” said David Kerr, senior consultant at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre.
“Within seconds, the patient sees the results in graphic form on their PC, while we can also view it in their patient record on our screen,” he added.

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