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Cornish Police to use Bluetooth

Posted by Admin on January 30, 2009

Cornwall seems to be a hive of mobile-related activity at the moment. What with the hospital sending text reminders and now the police to use Bluetooth. The Bluetooth system is, as reported by the website, going to ‘use 21st century technology to get important messages out to young people in certain places, at certain times’.

From what I can see, it’s actually the same system that we reported on being used by Police in North Yorkshire. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worthy an idea.

Inspector Mark Bolt, of West Cornwall Police sees a lot of potential in the system:

“There are so many things we will be able to do. We will be able to issue appeals for information about crimes; we will be able to highlight police campaigns; even to let people know our phone number (08452 777444).” And as he said, “it is aimed at a proportion of the population, such as youngsters, under 24-year-olds, for whom traditional methods don’t normally work.”

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Text reminders sent to hospital patients

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2009

A new service has been set up by the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro that sends out a text message to remind patients of their appointment. The texts, sent to patients’ mobile phones, list the date, time and location of appointments and include a number to call if there is a problem.

Apparently a total of 37,289 outpatient appointments were missed in 2008 – which is just under 9% of all appointments – costing the hospital thousands of pounds.

The service has been set up as a month-long pilot for now. But two weeks in it is being seen as a success.

Karen Murray, project lead, said:

“Even if we just prevent 20 missed appointments we have had a success and it will pay for the setting up of the service. Once the trial is over the service will be reviewed and could be rolled out across other departments. We view this as a long term exercise – it could be used for other things such as letting people know that their results are available.”

Originally from BBC News.

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