20 Dec 2023 VTE Awards hosted by Thrombosis UK
On the 29th of November 2023, we had the pleasure of attending Thrombosis UK’s VTE Awards held at the House of Commons. The event brought together healthcare leaders and clinical champions from across the UK to celebrate the successes of VTE prevention and management from the last year.
We were joined by geko™ device clinical champions Dr Indira Natarajan and Dr Sini George, Stroke Physicians at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, and Leanne Williams from G&N, our UK distributor of the geko device for VTE prevention.
Lyn Brown, MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Thrombosis UK (APPGT), led attendees through each award category throughout the afternoon, including Enhancing Patient & Carer Experience Award and Outstanding Patient Resource Award, and shared her own experiences living with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Managing risks and ensuring prevention
Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism (DVT/PE) are often underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical conditions, affecting between one-two per 1,000 adults globally, and remain a leading cause of hospital death and disability. Often considered a silent killer, DVT happens when part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a blockage called pulmonary embolism (PE).
Prevention and management is made easier if patients are aware of the risk factors and know how to help themselves; however, in the UK many people have little or no understanding about the causes and effects of thrombosis, and how it can be prevented.
Thrombosis UK’s mobile app: Let’s Talk Clots
Jo Jerrome, CEO at Thrombosis UK, closed the VTE Awards by addressing this point, stressing the importance of patient information and how quick access to resources and support can reduce chances of developing thrombosis-related conditions. As part of this, she announced the official launch of Thrombosis UK’s new mobile application ‘Let’s Talk Clots’.
The aim of the app is to provide patients with free and easily accessible information regarding blood clots including fact sheets, FAQs, patient stories, feedback pages and much more. Jo encouraged all those in attendance to refer their patients to the application, so they have all the resources they need in one easy to use app.
Medically approved and developed in collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals, UK healthcare professionals, patients and supporters, the app is one of the best ways to stay informed on new patient information. ‘Let’s Talk Clots’ is available for anyone to download on App Store and Google Play Store.
Download the Let’s Stop Clots app here.
To find out more about the VTE Awards, visit their official website here.