Why not video conferencing? (David Cole)
We are all very frustrated with what we perceive as a less than adequate service from the NHS, especially when the excuse is a lack of funds.
A very dear friend of mine has to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for what I think is a serious operation. As part of the procedure a “pre-op” interview is scheduled. So far as part of the diagnosis a biopsy has been performed and this apparently forbids her to fly for some time.
The “required” pre-op interview will be a “hands off” discussion across a desk, lasting perhaps 20 to 30 minutes.
As flying is out of the question this means a boat down, a whole day in Aberdeen, and a boat trip back.
At this time of the year this is something I would not relish especially if I was ill. What about the costs and the time consumed to go to the mainland and back.
In these days of advanced technology we know the Gilbert Bain Hospital has invested in a video-conferencing system. How much did that cost, particularly if it is not to be used in ideal situations such as this, especially as an instant and
How much did that cost, particularly if it is not to be used in ideal situations such as this, especially as an instant and accurate record would be made?
The administrative department of the Gilbert Bain Hospital has come under criticism and reluctantly I think this may be a prime example.