Royal Trinity Hospice will feature on tonight’s episode of Inside Out in a piece exploring how virtual reality is being used in health and social care settings. The programme will be shown on BBC One at 7.30pm.

 Royal Trinity Hospice has partnered up with Flix Films on this innovative new project to research how VR can be used to benefit people who are approaching the end of their lives, by allowing them to enjoy experiences they might otherwise be isolated from.

 Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice, said “We believe VR has massive potential for palliative care and we are so excited to be working with Flix Films to understand the impact it could have for our patients.

 We have been using video for some time to communicate what happens at Trinity with the outside world. Thanks to VR, we can now bring the outside in.”  

 Leon Ancliffe, Director of Flix Films, said, “Watching someone’s first VR experience is an amazing thing to see but when that moment is one they believed were beyond their health or physical ability it becomes something even more special.

 Although using VR in this way is in its infancy we are extremely excited to be working with Royal Trinity Hospice on this innovative and groundbreaking piece of work and would like to thank everyone that has contributed and shared their experiences so freely”.

 VR is just one way Trinity is exploring the potential of digital technology. Trinity is also building a new mobile app to help families navigate the complex world of palliative care. Read more about how Trinity is using digital to reach supporters in new ways in our response to the latest Charity Digital Skills Report.