Trinity is marking one year since it launched an innovative app aimed at helping patients and their carers navigate the often complex world of palliative care.

The app was designed to be a hub of information to support patients at Trinity with life-limiting conditions, and their carers, at a time and place that suits them.

Over 80% of the patients cared for by Trinity are cared for in the place they call home, which is where most people prefer to be. It can be the case that information given by different visiting healthcare professionals is hard to remember and process. The app can help answer questions or remind patients and their families about information once a community nurse, therapist or other professional has left.  

Trinity’s app provides information from the hospice’s clinical teams on subjects like managing symptoms, medications and answers to FAQs for patients, as well as guidance on emotional and spiritual support. There is also an up to date weekly and monthly calendar outlining the variety of outpatient activities and groups available at the hospice’s Clapham site. Patients can also read around advance care planning, with space to note down preferences and wishes for treatment, and their carers can access dedicated bereavement content.

Developed in partnership with Patiently, which specialises in building apps that enhance the quality of care for patients, the app is free to download now form the app store (currently for iPhones and iPads only).

A programme of continuous improvement is planned throughout the next year, intended to increase the app’s functionality and deliver more information and options to users.

If you have any questions about Trinity’s app or suggestions for developmemt, please be in touch my emailing [email protected].