Liverpool sees 5G health and social pilot extended

Liverpool is to receive an extra £1.48 million for the 5G health and social care pilot in the Kensington area of the city after it was extended for another year.

The announcement was jointly made with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at an event to celebrate the project’s first successful year.

11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, council, universities and technology SMEs have created new 5G supported health technologies to help people in Kensington to manage long-term health conditions like diabetes and epilepsy themselves at home.

One of the technologies created as part of the pilot is a Loneliness Gaming and Quizzing App. The app has been co-developed by CGA Simulation and group of people with a learning disability, from Kensington Community Learning Centre (KCLC). The group meet at KCLC each week to take part in activities and games and to chat.

Jane Davies, CGA Simulation’s producer, said: “Working with people with a learning disability from KCLC to develop the app has been a brilliant process. We have been able to adapt the colours, font size and choice, language and contrast used in the game to better enable people with different conditions to use the app. It is now far more accessible and useable for this group.”

The other technologies being trialled include:

  • Safehouse Sensors, which are installed in homes to detect falls, changes in temperature and unusual behaviour patterns.
  • PAMAN, which provides a video link to a local pharmacy, helping people to take medicines at home safely.
  • ‘Push to Talk’ a loneliness app for isolated carers, which puts them in touch with other carers in a similar position and the ‘Loneliness Gaming and Quizzing App’, being trialled by people with a learning disability in Kensington.
  • ‘Telehealth in a Box’, designed to aid communication between The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Trust and patients in the community, and 5G supported VR devices used as palliative pain distraction in wards.
  • ‘WarnHydrate’ a device used to detect dehydration in older people.
  • Blu Wireless Technology has developed wireless 5G mesh networks using existing fibre and equipment erected on street furniture like lampposts. The technology can be delivered cost effectively, across a dense urban environment, to provide general coverage.

Rosemary Kay, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care project director, said: “Liverpool 5G is pleased to announce we’ve had funding for our 5G project extended by DCMS for another 12 months. This recognises the great work taking place across the project and gives us more time to explore the benefits of providing affordable 5G technology to people living in digitally deprived communities, with long-term health conditions.”




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