Pregnant women are very 'appy

Fairfield Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant Jenny Wright with the app. Picture: Chris Lane
Fairfield Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant Jenny Wright with the app. Picture: Chris Lane

Fairfield Hospital are leading the way when it comes to managing blood glucose levels in gestational diabetes.

The hospital is one of the first in Australia to give pregnant women the option to use a smartphone app to manage their sugar levels.

Accu Chek Connect allows patients to check their levels at home with the prick of a finger. The data is synced to the app which is monitored by staff in real time viewing.

The original pilot resulted in fewer clinic appointments and the ability to immediately address any abnormalities in patient blood glucose levels. The previous model of care required women to visit twice a fortnight to have their levels checked.

Fairfield Hospital Clinical Nurse Consultant Jenny Wright was the driving force behind introducing the app in April 2017 after seeing the benefits overseas in England.

Since its introduction, 350 woman have used the app. A non-English speaking pilot of the program is also about to be trialed.

"The feedback has been very positive with woman enjoy not having to come and see us as often but having their levels constantly monitored," she said.

"The app helps with early detection. If we see something that is not normal we call the patient and make and make an urgent appointment."

The app was one of the innovative measures highlighted at South Western Sydney Local Health District's Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase last week.

District Chief Executive Amanda Larkin said: "I am proud our staff are shaping the future of health care through their research and innovation."