It is a very exciting time for five of Campbeltown Hospital’s orthopaedic out- patients who are now officially ‘seeing’ a consultant in Glasgow as part of the newly developed Attend Anywhere (NHS Near Me) service.
The remote video-link service is offered at Campbeltown Hospital to provide an instant link for orthopaedic patients to specialist orthopedic consultants located more than 135 miles away in Glasgow. The service is delivered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in partnership with NHS Highland.
This is another service development for Kintyre patients and will have a very positive impact on waiting times and improve access to specialists without patients having to travel to Glasgow.
Attend Anywhere (NHS Near ME) is a newly developed Technology Enabled Care (TEC) video-link consulting service which aims to provide remote outpatient consultations as close as possible to home for Kintyre patients.
The service development has been trialled this week with five patients accessing their orthopaedic specialist consultant remotely via the video link technology and has been hugely successful.
The remote video-link service allows patients meeting the criteria for the service to video call with specialists based in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are medical experts who treat patients with problems in their muscles, bones, joints and other related structures.
Duncan MacDonald, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the clinic. I found that I was able to interact with the patients well and a local Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, was able to demonstrate the examination findings for me.
“It was a close match to being in the same room as the patient.
“I am optimistic that this can be developed as an option for consultations, especially for those patients living in remote areas.”
The service is very similar to technology used in peoples own homes to video chat via webcams, and platforms such as Skype. Through the coordinated online patient information system health and social care staff and doctors can assess patients without the patient having to leave Kintyre.
Catriona Watt, Kintyre Local Area Manager, said: “The service has been developed by the Argyll and Bute Technology Enabled Care team to enable orthopaedic patients to access consultant led appointments which normally patients including family members and carers would have to travel to Glasgow for their consultation.
“The five patients participating in the trial were supported and accompanied by Maisili Ross, MSK Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner Lead based in Campbeltown surgery during the virtual clinics.
“I could not be more pleased with the excellent feedback received from patients, health and social care staff and patients.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership staff at the hospital were able to receive feedback from patient Linda McKellar after her consultation using the innovative technology.
Linda McKellar, (Kintyre Patient), said: “It is an excellent service, which ran perfectly and very professional. It felt as if the consultant was in the room.
“I was able to be referred for an x-ray with results reviewed during the session and received a good outcome. It was all achieved quickly and it was great not to have to travel too far.”