Last week David Cameron said more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone. But can Skype and email replace face-to-face contact?
Nurses are already using this technology successfully in their practice. An article published in Nursing Times this week describes an innovative continence service where young people with spina bifida were happy to access specialist continence service from home via Skype.
What do you think?
- Could your patients manage to use email or Skype to consult with nursing and medical staff?
- What are the benefits and limitations?
- Would you be happy to have a consultation with your GP over the phone?
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