Wednesday, 23 October 2013
New Kilchoan Telehealth Facility
A patient can now be brought in by the Emergency Responders, who can connect to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where a doctor or consultant, with the assistance of the ER, can carry out an examination.
There is huge potential for other uses, by local GPs on the days when they are not coming down to Kilchoan, and by consultants in places like Glasgow who want to 'see' a patient, but really don't need them to travel all the way down to their hospital. For such things to happen, the SAS and NHS Highland will need to work together.
We walked home through an October afternoon which reminded us that winter is on its way, and that there will be times when West Ardnamurchan may be cut off from the rest of the world. The idea that this system will bring a doctor or consultant in to the heart of the community seemed reassuring.