Pioneering heart research wins healthcare award for Medway School of Pharmacy

Research into a new form of heart monitor by scientists at the University has won an award for pioneering healthcare.

Researchers at the Medway School of Pharmacy (MSP) developed a new method of monitoring heart problems in patients attending GP surgeries, which has now won a 2019 Healthcare Pioneer Award.

A team from MSP attended a recent reception at the House of Commons to receive the award from MP Barry Shearman. Their research featured as one of fifteen case studies included in the annual Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Association Healthcare Pioneers Report.

The development of the new method of monitoring heart problems saw MSP researchers working with health agencies in the county to develop a revolutionary way of detecting heart disorders and potential strokes in those most at risk.

A successful trial showed that pharmacists operating within GP surgeries could play a key role in detecting AF using a simple, handheld smartphone compatible device.

The report by the Association recognises best practice in the identification, diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with AF and is a benchmark to improve services and care for patients with the condition.