Date of release: 14 May 2015
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is the first in the UK to use an exciting new technology by delivering information to staff and patients’ mobile phones or tablets.
A new free app means people can find out more about services at the Trust, just by pointing their mobile device at triggers placed throughout the hospital sites and at photos in the Trust's Your Hospital magazine.
All people have to do is download the RWT AR app from the App Store or Google Play and point it at a photo, poster or logo - wherever they see the "scan photo for video" symbol.
The app recognises the image and launches rich content including video, downloads and opportunities to do lots of different things using interactive buttons on the touch screen.
It uses a technology called Augmented Reality, which is being used all over the world by big retailers, manufacturers, and in education.
RWT Head of Communications Richard Radcliffe said: “We know a growing number of our patients want to keep up to date with the products and services they use through their mobile devices. So we’ve launched this app to enable them to do just that.
"People turning up at A&E or the maternity hospital or the Cannock Chase site can find out more about what’s on offer there just by pointing their phone at our special posters.
"It’s easy to use. They don’t even have to search. And once someone has downloaded the app we can keep in touch with them when we need to with free messages, like the headlines you might receive from a news app.
“We’ve launched the app at some of our locations but look out for more AR content around our hospitals and community sites as we develop the service and the technology improves.”
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Press Release and Instructions on how to download the App