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MEP Rebecca Taylor visits Airedale Hospital at Steeton
4:36pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
MEP Rebecca Taylor visited Airedale General Hospital to see how its telemedicine services contributed to Yorkshire and the Humber becoming a Reference Site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber visited the hospital’s Telehealth Hub to see how staff use telemedicine to support patients.
She said: “The potential of telehealth to revolutionise healthcare delivery has been talked about for some years, in particular in relation to supporting the health of an ageing population, but not always put into action.
"It was great to see how Airedale are successfully using telehealth technology to personalise and streamline patient care."
During her visit, she saw how patients can have consultations with health professionals from the comfort of their own home, nursing home or GP surgery via secure video link technology.
She met with nursing staff who use the equipment to offer a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service and spoke to patients using the service who benefit from avoiding time consuming, costly trips to hospital.
She also heard how the hospital’s new electronic patient administration system has the ability to share a single patient record across primary, secondary and social care.
Bridget Fletcher, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to show Rebecca our work, particularly as someone with a professional background in health and ageing policy, and demonstrate how telemedicine is helping improve the health care experience of our aging population.”