Traditionally, if patients on the Western Isles of Scotland needed to be assessed by consultant hand surgeon Grzegorz Sianos they would be faced with a 500 mile round trip to Glasgow, only to return again if surgery was required.
To alleviate the inconvenience to patients and the environmental impact, the NHSWI team worked with Parity Medical to develop a telemedicine cart with a Total Exam HD camera integrated with the eNcounter video consultation platform.
This allows a patient to be seen locally by Extended Scope Practitioner Innes Morton who can connect with Mr Sianos and instantly share high-resolution images and video with him, whilst Mr Sianos is also able to speak to the patient by video link, allowing him to make an initial diagnosis, remotely.
Patient feedback for this innovative service has been extremely positive, it has saved 5.8 tonnes of carbon emissions and reducing clinicians travel time. This has saved the hospital both money and time.