Clinicians based in Glasgow are working with healthcare professionals in the Western Isles to deliver video consultations. This avoids patients making unnecessary travel to mainland Scotland.
The patient attends their local hospital for the video call. A local healthcare professional supports them throughout the consultation.
William Edwards, Director of eHealth, said: “This is one of a number of virtual consultation projects that we have introduced this year.
“This new approach is part of the expanding use of video consultations across hospital and community services. We are delighted to be at the forefront of revolutionising healthcare in Scotland.
“Before, rheumatology patients in the Western Isles had no option but to travel to Glasgow to see a specialist. Now they can go to their local hospital to have their appointment with the specialist consultant and be back home the same day.”
Rheumatology is a subspecialty in internal medicine and paediatrics. It deals with joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases and heritable connective tissue disorders.