The app, named MySunrise, is a free, information resource, designed specifically to support patients and their families throughout their cancer treatment journey. It was developed with the Oncology Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and supported by the Sunrise Appeal, before being launched at other hospitals across the South West.
Dr John McGrane, Consultant Oncologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, was instrumental in developing the app, and has been thrilled with its continued success.
“As a team, we were absolutely delighted to learn that MySunrise had been named the winner of the Digital Health Award at this year’s Medilink South West Healthcare Innovation Awards ceremony”, Dr McGrane explains.
“Having been involved with the development of MySunrise from its earliest inception, the team is really proud to see the benefits the app is continuing to have, not just in Cornwall, but across the South West.”
“It’s a strong endorsement of the work the team have put into the app over the past few years, as well as all the teams and patients that have supported the work and helped us to get off to a great start. The award is also a credit to the work of co-founder Dr George Brighton and his team at Technical Health, and the support of the Peninsula Cancer Alliance in developing this resource for our cancer patients.”
By providing useful information and assistance, MySunrise supports the patient’s journey, from diagnosis to treatment. The app works to provide complete, up-to-date information and resources, including a whole range of videos, relevant links, cancer resources and contact information, all specific to the patient’s own NHS Hospital cancer centre. There have already been over 2000 downloads in Cornwall alone since the launch of the app in the summer of 2018.
“We initially created the app to support patients with the right advice and support at the right time whilst undergoing their cancer treatment”, Dr McGrane continues.
“With the challenges of Covid, the app is also providing new benefits, allowing us to get up-to-date information directly to patients who might be waiting and worrying at home about their treatment at a very difficult time for them.”