The eHealth Cluster has continued to support the development of the Liverpool 5G testbed, working with local health and social care, voluntary and community organisations to identify people who would benefit from technology in their homes, as well as with testbed partners to facilitate its smooth roll-out. The 5G network is growing, with new nodes being added and new technology offered to more users across NHS and Social care services. This phase of the project comes to a close in September, and we’re also working with the Liverpool City Council representatives on the future sustainability of the network.
As part of the 5G Project Push To Talk is being used to support family carers in the Kensington area, working with Local Solutions Carers centre. Feedback has been great.
Mary Brandt (right, with Chris King from Local Solutions) is from Kensington and was introduced to the “Push to Talk” device, which connects unpaid carers with other carers in their area for a chat, by her Liverpool Carers Centre, Local Solutions team. She says it’s brought her great comfort: “I love using it. I contact other carers and we talk and have a laugh, it does everybody good. We don’t always talk to each other about our problems, we just chat.”
Push to Talk recently featured at the Liverpool Carers’ Event and in Home Care Insight – read about it here They are now extending the service to adjoining parts of Old Swan and Wavertree, and are also setting up another group for older people in Kensington, Wavertree and Old Swan. If you want to know ore or have people who want to get involved, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org