Hospitals pioneering use of tech helps patients see doctors on time

He’s here for one of his regular check-ups and is thrilled to tell me he is still clear of the prostate cancer he received successful chemotherapy treatment for two and a half years ago. The retired civil engineer, 73, is one of 20,000 patients who are signed up to an online system which lets them check vital tests results quickly and easily from their own home. It means Roger can find out the results of his regular checks for levels of PSA – a protein linked to prostate cancer – by checking his tablet or computer at home within two or three hours… It’s a hot summer’s afternoon when I meet cancer survivor Roger Burns outside the café in the sweltering lobby of University Hospital Southampton.