Health Check: Technology links doctors to patients

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Telemedicine, when medical consultations are made over the internet, has brought benefits to both doctors and patients.

At the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, consultant Dr Val Stevenson uses this technique to carry out check ups on those patients who live some distance away.

Dean Wilcox is one patient who doesn't want to travel into Central London for his appointments. Following a heart attack, his brain was starved of oxygen and he is now in a wheelchair and needs constant care from his family. His parents much prefer taking him to the local hospital rather than subjecting him to an uncomfortable 40 mile round trip in an ambulance.

With the help of cameras, high quality monitors and the internet, Dr Stevenson can see Dean in St George's Hospital in Essex. Dean and his family can see Val just as clearly.

Before the telemedicine service began, there were concerns that the consultation would not be as good as one that was face to face. But both Val Stevenson and Dean's family have found that isn't the case.

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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