Florence Blood Pressure Monitoring

What is Florence?

‘Florence’ also referred to as ‘Flo’, is a communication system that uses the convenience of text messaging to your own mobile phone and allows your healthcare professional to monitor/manage your health and wellbeing more closely.  Florence sends text reminders to you, prompting you to check your blood pressure. Once you have taken your blood pressure, you can then simply text the readings back to Florence.  The program will collate all the information that has been provided by you and can be accessed by the clinician at any stage of the process.  Florence is completely free of charge

What are the benefits of using Florence to monitor Blood Pressure

    • Florence gives clinicians the opportunity to monitor your blood pressure remotely, reducing the number of face-to-face appointments required to diagnose, titrate and monitor Hypertension.
    • This allows you the opportunity to have your BP monitored by the practice without having to attend the surgery, reducing inconvenience and travel cost.
    • Florence can help to reduce any anxiety that you may experience when attending the practice by allowing your BP to be checked from the comfort of your own home. This allows for clinicians to then optimise the readings and make better clinical decision-making for you.
    • Flo allows you to help understand your own health condition and helps you make lifestyle changes/seek medical advice as required to allow you to maintain longer, healthier lives. In short it can motivate you to self-manage.
    • Studies show long term hypertension monitoring with Flo encourages medication compliance and therefore reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.

A nationally produced video to support the Florence programme can be viewed via the following link: Florence video link

The British Heart foundation also provides a 'how to' video to Managing your Blood Pressure at home: Managing your blood pressure at home

We encourage you to purchase a home Blood Pressure device for self-management of your blood pressure monitoring. It would be helpful if you decide to purchase a monitor, that you let the surgery know to enable recording of this in your medical notes. Validated BP monitors can be found on the following link: For Home Use - British and Irish Hypertension Society | Registered UK Charity No. 287635 (bihsoc.org)

Please see the following documents for further information. If you are interested please complete and return an Opt-In form or contact the Practice.

Telehealth - Florence - Privacy Notice

Using Florence to help Monitor your blood pressure

Text Messaging Information for Patients using Florence

Opt-In Form

Telehealth Patient Information Leaflet

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