A St George’s Hospital team is in the running for a national award that will be announced in November.

The Pregnancy BP Home Monitoring team has been nominated in the ‘Using technology to improve efficiency category’ category, at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for the development of their smartphone app ‘Home Monitoring of Hypertension in Pregnancy’ (HaMpton).

The software enables women to monitor their blood pressure levels at home and alerts them whether they require further assessments at hospital.

HaMpton aims to reduce the need for pregnant woman to frequently attend hospital appointments and allow them to manage their own clinical assessments, and shortly after its launch it received more than 400 downloads.

Dr Asma Khalil, consultant obstetrician who worked on the development of the app, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the HSJ award, and extremely grateful for the help and support of the health foundation with this project.

“I’m really proud when colleagues from other hospitals get in touch to learn more about the app, and proud to work at St George’s for a service that provides a good patient experience and is cost effective.”

The winners will be announced on November 22.