Doctors To Trial Skype And Email Appointments

By NewsRoom24 on March 5th, 2014 / Views
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The family doctors experimenting plans to make more accessible through Skype appointments and email consultations.

Most of the patients will be covered by pilot schemes in England designed to improve access to doctors through extending opening hours, weekend opening and better use of technology.

Firstly used with patients in prisons, more recent use with elderly people in care homes has cut down the number of A&E appointments by 69% and hospital admissions by 45%.

Dr Colin Renwick has been involved with the project since 2006 and says video conferencing could easily be extended to a patient’s home.

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