Table 3

Number of appointments replaced by flo (Florence) and potential estimated savings

DAU and community: appointments savedDAU and community: hours saved*Savings as midwifery time
(£18.7/hr approx)
Savings as hospital appointments
(£70/appt approx)
Phase I2323–46£430–£860£1610
Phase II599599–1198£11 201–£22 402£41 930
Phase III179179–358£3347–£6695£12 530
Total saving801801–1602£14 978–£29 957£56 070
  • *Each appointment was estimated to take between 1 and 2 hours of midwifery time from clerking to discharge: including waiting for bed/couch space to be available, 3 BP readings 15 min apart (NICE recommends 30 min apart).

  • BP, blood pressure; DAU, day assessment unit; NICE, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.