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|THURSO EMBRACES TELE-MEDICINE
25 February 03
The new Telemedicine Accident and Emergency service opens in Dunbar Hospital, Thurso on Friday 28th February at 08:30am. The hospital provides a 24 hour A&E service. The new service was launched by an open day for the public on Friday 21st February, at which there was a good turn out of local people.
Alex Robertson, the Charge Nurse at
the hospital said:
.When a patient now attends Accident and Emergency in Thurso, he/she will be seen by a nurse who will start the initial assessment to decide what the problem is, i.e. if it is a wrist injury, the nurse will look up the protocol outlining wrist injuries.
Each of the 30 protocols for trauma and a selection of medical problems follow a selection of care pathways. This means that a nurse can work through a pathway which may allow the nurse to carry out the entire treatment and discharge the patient. If there is a problem, the nurse will link up via the tele-medicine link to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where the specialist staff in their Accident and Emergency Department can give advice first hand.
Working with you to make Highland the healthy place to be There will always be a GP on duty and the first option would be to call the GP in a medical emergency, child protection issue or where a patient’s condition deteriorates suddenly.
If the patient needs an x-ray, or medical advice, then the nurse goes to the telemedicine link. This is a fast, responsive service and access to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is straightforward and immediate. There is also a hand-held camera which enables the staff to take close-up in-depth pictures to project immediately onto the screen in Aberdeen. Two of the nurses have already completed their Nurse Prescribing course, with a further five starting theirs in September.
A document reader is also used that has the capability of transferring x-rays direct to Aberdeen.
Barbara Millar, who is a senior staff nurse at Dunbar, was absolutely enthusiastic about the new service. Barbara said: ‘I am very impressed by the whole system, which will provide the highest service to the whole community, as well as giving the best possible care to our patients.’
This was endorsed by Dr. Alison
Brooks, who is the lead clinician for the service. She commented:
Liz Smith, from Highland Health
Finally, Heather Sheerin OBE,
Chairman of the Highland Primary Care Trust added:
Further Developments At Dunbar Hospital include -