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Telemedicine Project

Telemedicine is a technology solution which comprises of a workstation cart (based in A & E or thrombolysis room) and will link out of hours to a consultant via remote link and lap top.

This will enable an on call consultant to review patient information, PACS images and assess patients, if required, through a web cam and the laptop. The on call consultant will be able to decide whether to administer thrombolysis via the clinician in the hospital.

Telemedicine will support the network wide on call thrombolsyis rota which has been developed by Dr Indira Natarajan at University Hospital North Staffs . Three trusts are involved in the project; University Hospital North Staffs, Burton Hospitals and Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals.

It will be deployed across Shropshire and Staffordshire on an out of hours basis- 7 days per week initially for all patients who present and are diagnosed with acute stroke.

The benefits for patients is the availability of thrombolysis for eligible FAST positive patients 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Previously the 24 hour service was offered on 1 site but since February 2011 the 24 hour service has now been offered at 2 sites. The aim is to have Newtork wide coverage over 24 hours. Staff will benefit from timely support for complex FAST positive stroke patients from on call consultants as well as on call consultants being able to enhance thrombolysis skills and learning in this area

Regular Telemedicine updates will be posted in the "News" section of this site