The Attend Anywhere scheme has been trialled at the northerly health centre this year in a bid to cut down on the transport required for people attending pre-operation assessments. The trial has been a success and work on embedding video conference facilities at the health centre on a permanent basis is all but completed.
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NHS Shetland primary care manager Lisa Watt:
If you think about how long people in Shetland spend travelling to get to appointments, both within Shetland and off island, if there’s anything we can do that cuts down on those travel times and the inconvenience of being away from home, then it’s absolutely got to be the thing to do.
In the four months between January and April 2019, 80% of haematology patients were seen via video saving around 6.7 tonnes of carbon emissions and 23,000 health miles and £40,000 in patients travel costs.
Elizabeth Fowler, from NHS Western Isles, writes about how Attend Anywhere has improved care in the outer Hebrides: