Stop costly NHS transfers - use skype if appropriate

I understand that certain consultants cannot come to IOM.  After serious operations, or cancer scares there are follow up appointments every year etc.

Unless it is not possible, it would be better for scans to be done here at Nobles, and a Skype appointment be set up with the consultant.

If examinations need to be made, depending on their difficulty, could this be done by an IOM doctor/nurse, and the information be sent over?   This would drastically reduce travel costs.


Why the contribution is important

If you don't need to travel, especially if you are frail, why travel.   If the tests can be done here, as long as the results are checked by the Consultant from Liverpool or Manchester, and a skype face to face call is made, what is the difference?

Only pay for transport if required, eg if the test is not available on IOM. 

This would save money, time for those who don't like flying and it saves time and costs for all.



by CastletownIOM on April 19, 2017 at 12:46PM

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 19, 2017 at 16:36

    1 are the UK medics happy with this?
    2 does this reduce or increase patients clinical risk?

    It's a well made point BUT one needs a lot if thought.

  • Posted by Yukiyama April 19, 2017 at 16:38

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  • Posted by prauseev April 22, 2017 at 22:20

    Most doctors and patients would be happy with a Skype review or phone review.
    I had phone review as a patient and it was very convenient and went well.
  • Posted by NorthernResident May 14, 2017 at 21:00

    Have thought this for some time.
    Wouldn't apply to all cases, but would save money and, more importantly, on the discomfort, stress and time wasted in a trip "across" for a 5 minute consultation.
    Common sense, if you ask me.
  • Posted by StiltonMan May 14, 2017 at 21:50

    The trouble is a lot of tests are not available here. Also a physical examination can not be replaced by a skype call - that's basic medical training especially for complex conditions.

    the more we can do on island the better - but it's much more complex than people seem to think
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