NHS PATIENTS at a hospital near Oswestry will be among the first to use a new app which aims to better inform them about their pre and post-operation care and treatment.

Gobowen’s Orthopaedic Hospital will be the first NHS Trust to use myrecovery – an app which is designed specifically for orthopaedic patients.

The app will contain information created and approved by the patient’s surgeon and team, so they get the best out of their treatment and recovery.

It will be trialled first through the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service, with the plan to have it available across the entire trust in the future should it be a success.

Myrecovery includes videos of surgeons, physiotherapists and nurses offering advice for patients, as well as providing them with a way to track their progress throughout their recovery.

All the content is approved by the patient’s surgeon, making the information tailored to the individual.

Lieutenant Colonel Carl Meyer, consultant orthopaedic surgeon who leads the Trust’s Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service, said being part of the hospital’s trial of the app was “an extremely exciting opportunity”.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be working with the myrecovery team, this is something that I have wanted to see for a long time and now I’m one of the first Surgeons in the country to be trialling the app.

“More importantly – my patients will be among the first cohort of NHS patients in the country to use it.

“The app will make a huge difference to our patients’ experiences, they will have all the information they need from us at their fingertips, which will hopefully reduce their anxiety.

“The fact that the content on the app has been created and approved by us will help patients feel reassured that the information they’re getting is reliable.”

As well as improving the overall patient experience, the creators of myrecovery claim the app can help to reduce the workload for hospital staff.

Tom Harte, former Surgeon and myrecovery Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are extremely excited to partner with RJAH, who have a global reputation for delivering the highest level of care for orthopaedic patients for over 100 years.

“We look forward to working alongside their team of clinical experts in developing the latest tools to support both orthopaedic patients and healthcare professionals.”