We are set to trial the use of Telemedicine at New Priory Extra Care scheme in Featherstone. It will be the first independent living scheme in the district to be part of this project.
The trial will see residents at New Priory being issued with a secure video link, providing immediate access to a hub of senior nurses, based within a hospital, who can monitor medical conditions on screen and provide advice and support any time day or night.
Evidence suggests that people being triaged and monitored in their home rather than in hospital, helps people to remain active and independent by avoiding the significant stress that comes with attending A&E or a forced hospital admission, which can take days to recover from.
By using this technology, with its single point of access to expert opinion, diagnosis and support, it is hoped that GP call-outs, hospital admissions, A&E attendances, and primary care visits will all be reduced.