RD&E win HSJ Acute Sector Innovation of the Year Award

19 Nov 2021

The Blood Sciences Team at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) has won the HSJ Acute Sector Innovation of the Year Award for their work on home blood testing services.

The team won the award for designing, developing and testing a national at-home finger prick blood collection and testing service which gives patients greater control over their own health.  

To help manage many types of chronic diseases, some patients require routine blood tests, and this would normally mean visiting a GP surgery or hospital for a face to face appointment. However, through the RD&E’s home testing service, patients can take their own sample from the comfort of their own home and post this back to the RD&E for analysis.

Since the service went live in March 2021, the team have performed over a thousand tests for clinical and research services.

Chris Tidman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the RD&E said: “We are so proud to have received the HSJ Acute Sector Innovation of the Year Award.

“I’d like to thank our Blood Sciences team and all those that have supported them to create and launch this truly ground breaking service which benefits so many children and adults across the country.”



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