High blood pressure disorders complicate 10% of pregnancies, and pre-eclampsia affects between 2% and 8%. Pre-eclampsia can be life-threatening for both mother and baby. Standard care pathways for women who have high blood pressure in pregnancy require frequent hospital visits. This has significant cost implications, both to the NHS and to patients, and is impractical during times of social distancing.
Significant changes in obstetric services were implemented during the pandemic in line with national guidance, to cope with staff shortages due to sickness or self-isolation, and to minimize the risk of women contracting the virus. These changes included widespread use of home blood pressure monitoring and conducting a proportion of the antenatal consultations remotely.
HaMpton allows women to monitor their blood pressure, urine and symptoms at home, empowering them to be involved in their own care. Use of the app reduces the number of hospital visits and has achieved excellent patient and staff satisfaction. HaMpton is now implemented in over 40 NHS hospitals.
- 53% reduction in number of appointments for hypertension monitoring, and amount of time per appointment
- 16% reduction in induction of labour
- £300 average cost saving per patient per week according to basic health economic study
- Endorsed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guideline on Self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy