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Pacemaker patients test 'anytime' check-up booth

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A hospital is using the latest technology to help reduce waiting times for patients with pacemakers - allowing them to have a check-up at their convenience.

A trial of the “anytime” check-up booth at Southampton General Hospital will allow patients to enter a cubicle that can assess the health of their heart without the need for a nurse, doctor or appointment.

Patients entering the walk-in booth come face to face with a series of green lights that precede two loud bleeps and a bullseye signal to confirm their data has transferred successfully.

The hi-tech cubicle downloads data from the pacemaker and passes the information to hospital staff through a secure server, allowing nurses and doctors to check the condition of the patients at a suitable time.

The hospital said the innovation will mean patients who do not need to see medical staff will not have to attend clinics, and it hopes the flexibility of the system will improve the use of NHS resources by freeing up staff to see more patients and cutting the number of missed appointments.

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