Tunstall celebrates 50 years in telecare
30 March, 2007
Tunstall is celebrating 50 years of providing healthcare
solutions that support older people and those with long-term needs, by
effectively managing health and well-being.
The company employs nearly 650
people in the UK from its world headquarters in Whitley Bridge near
Doncaster, in Yorkshire and has 1150 staff in total, operating in over 30
countries worldwide, and helping to support over 2.5 million people.
Tunstall was founded in Askern, Doncaster in 1957, when it launched the
Isoalarm, the first Good Neighbour Alert system, designed to raise an alarm
for help via an illuminated exterior sign. Since then, the company has gone
on to develop a range of advanced telecare and telehealth solutions.
managing the risks to a person’s health and home environment, telecare and
telehealth solutions can help reduce hospital admissions and the pressure on
carers, by helping people to live independently, manage their own condition
and improve their confidence.
Recent examples include a pioneering project
launched with Leeds Primary Care Trust, which is using Tunstall’s telehealth
technology to help monitor the vital signs of patients with long-term
conditions such as COPD in their own homes, improving quality of life and
reducing the number of hospital admissions.
James Buckley, CEO of Tunstall
said: “The UK is leading the way in developing solutions which enable people
to live independently by managing their own health and well-being. Telecare
and telehealth technology has never been more timely and in demand.
the depth of technical, engineering and R&D expertise we have in Yorkshire,
we will continue to develop new and innovative solutions to meet
ever-evolving health and social care needs.”
Tunstall works with local
authorities, social services, NHS organisations, housing associations,
charities and public and private sector care providers to develop solutions
which provide support and reassurance within the home and the workplace.
Barbara Sowerby, Care Link Manager at Wakefield and District Housing said:
“We have worked alongside Tunstall for a number of years, providing older
and vulnerable people in the local area with 24 hour reassurance and
support. We will be helping Tunstall celebrate its 50th anniversary and look
forward to continuing working together in the future.”
Tunstall is also
the only UK founder member of the Continua Health Alliance, an open industry
group that will establish interoperability standards for personal health
products and services, enabling better healthcare for people worldwide.