Thousands of Brits to be given ‘life-changing’ smart watches to monitor disease

PARKINSON’S patients will get revolutionary smart watches on the NHS to control the disease at home.

Around 120,000 Brits have the nerve-wrecking condition, which causes uncontrollable shaking and brain damage.

Doctors will be able to track patients’ symptoms remotely with the watches, reducing appointment numbersCredit: Alamy

Wrist monitors will let doctors keep tabs on patients at home and jump in when symptoms get worse or they need to change medication.

The gizmos will also do away with thousands of doctors’ appointments and free up NHS time.

NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said: “This small watch will dramatically improve patients’ quality of life and ensure they get care from the comfort of their own homes.

“The cutting edge device is the latest in a long line of world-leading innovations that the NHS is bringing to the frontline.

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“Not only is it better for these people living with Parkinson’s, but it is also more efficient for the NHS, freeing up space and time in hospitals for our hard-working staff.”

The wrist strap, called a kinetigraph, can be worn day and night to track people’s symptoms and movement, and buzz when they need to take medication.

Medics will get real-time data to show if tremors are under control and whether patients are having trouble walking or sleeping.

Around one in every 500 people develop Parkinson’s, usually after the age of 50.

Doctors don’t fully understand what causes it but nerve cells in the brain die off, meaning sufferers lose control of their muscles and can get depressed or confused.

Hundreds of patients have already been given the wrist gadgets thanks to a project with the University of Plymouth, which will now roll out more widely.

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Parkinson’s patient John Whipps was diagnosed in 2007 and was one of the first to trial the watch.

He said: “It really gives you confidence as you know it gives accurate recordings and you don’t need to rely so much on your own perception.”


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