iPad help for patients

PUBLISHED: 08:43 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 21 March 2016

Nicola Hulland who suffered a stroke last year pictured with Sue Renyard, community speech and language therapist.

Nicola Hulland who suffered a stroke last year pictured with Sue Renyard, community speech and language therapist.


Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends buys computers for people with communication and swallowing problems

Vital help for patients with communication and swallowing difficulties has been provided in the shape of two iPads.

The computers, along with a variety of specialised apps, have been purchased by Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends.

One iPad is intended for Seaton hospital inpatients requiring communication support, with extra apps to enhance staff training. The second iPad will be used in the community for assessment, ongoing communication therapy and education.

Seaton Community Hospital has a number of admissions due to medical events that can affect communication, such as motor neurone disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia.

As a result of these conditions, it can be incredibly difficult and frustrating to communicate even basic needs. This presents a poignant situation at a time when there is a strong desire to impart information, hopes and wishes to loved ones and professionals.

Seaton GP Dr Rob Daniels has initiated and supported the purchase of the iPads and Sue Renyard, community speech and language therapist, will use the technology to assist in assessment and ongoing support.

She said: “The importance of communication cannot be underestimated: communication is at the heart of all our relationships. Every day we communicate with many people - family, friends, colleagues and strangers. Communication is an essential human need as well as a basic human right. It’s exciting to have this modern technology to help people find their voice. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and equality.”

Nicola Hulland (pictured) suffered a stroke last year that significantly affected her ability to process language and speak. The iPad has been successfully used in her rehabilitation to help remediate and compensate for some of this language impairment. Care staff from The Check House Nursing Home have confirmed the positive impact the iPad technology has had in helping Nicola to communicate.

Sue added: “The two iPads have been received with much gratitude and on behalf of the current and future beneficiaries of this technology, many thanks must go to all those involved with the Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends.”

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