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Medical practitioners have over the years developed a system of reaching patients in remote locations who would have otherwise not had access to adequate care. With the trend of the COVID pandemic, it becomes necessary to help improve access to patients safely. Medical practitioners have expanded this care system, called Telemedicine, to help curb the spread of communicable disease.

What is telemedicine?

The World Health Organisation describes telemedicine as “healing from a distance.” Telemedicine is the use of information technology and telecommunications technology to provide clinical services to patients.

Doctors can transmit digital images, videos, and provide remote medical diagnoses using the current telecommunications technology in existence. Doctors provide this service over a secure connection, and the patients can get adequate access to care.

Benefits to the patient

  • Patients can see their doctor without leaving their homes. They can get medical care wherever they are, even at work on holiday. This is very helpful for older people and people with mobility challenges.
  • Patients also save on transportation costs.
  • Patients have access to care from medical practitioners outside their geographical location. A patient in Nigeria can receive care from a doctor in India without having to travel.
  • This system helps reduce the spread of contagious disease. Patients are not exposed to illnesses as they sit in waiting rooms.
  • People who care for children are not burdened with seeking alternative caregivers because they need to visit the hospital.
  • People do not have to miss work or other important activities as they can schedule a suitable time with their practitioner.

To help you stay safe, St Edmunds Eye Hospital now offers telemedicine services. Contact us for more information about telemedicine as it is an important way to stay safe during this pandemic. Remember to wash your hands and observe the social distancing rules.