HEALTH INNOVATION: Clinical nurses Naomi Williams (on screen) and Jenine Horrocks encourage residents to consider using the available Telehealth service of having doctor appointments through a video.
HEALTH INNOVATION: Clinical nurses Naomi Williams (on screen) and Jenine Horrocks encourage residents to consider using the available Telehealth service of having doctor appointments through a video. Anastassia Perets

Tech innovation a positive for North Burnett residents

NORTH Burnett residents who need to see medical specialists are now able to do so with the help of technology.

Similar to Skype or FaceTime, Telehealth allows patients to chat to doctors through a camera without leaving their town.

Telehealth clinical nurse Jenine Horrocks said the service had proven to be a winner in the convenience department since it began.

"The big benefit of Telehealth is that people don't have to travel, which of course saves time and money," she said.

"The patient can also stay in the location where they are able to get support of their family.

"It's great for elderly people who don't have cars, and those with kids as now they don't have to worry about co-ordinating a trip with school times and finding a babysitter."

Hospital inpatients and outpatients are applicable for Telehealth, and it can be used in emergency situations.

"Hospitals in the North Burnett can link up to anywhere, whether it's in the Wide Bay or Brisbane," Mrs Horrocks said.

"There are nurses onsite who can do the doctor orders - be it tests, blood pressure, pulse, x-rays.

"The doctor can then discuss the results over video."

Not everyone and not all conditions can be treated in this way.

To find out if you are eligible and for more information, speak with your doctor or your local director of nursing.


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