Video links hailed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

ED­DIE An­der­son is a keen ad­vo­cate of tele­health after re­ceiv­ing phys­io­ther­apy treat­ment by video-link.

After re­ceiv­ing re­place­ment knee surgery in May this year, Mr An­der­son had eight days of phys­io­ther­apy treat­ment in Greenslopes Hos­pi­tal, Bris­bane, be­fore re­turn­ing to Monto.

Back home, phys­io­ther­a­pist Rachel Pen­nisi treated him monthly – al­ter­nat­ing be­tween ses­sions in Monto and tele­health ses­sions from Gayn­dah.

“Ed­die seemed to re­spond to the process quite well,” Ms Pen­nisi said.

Mr An­der­son de­scribed the three tele­health con­fer­ences as “bril­liant”.

“(They) saved so much trav­el­ling for both me and Rachel,” Mr An­der­son said.

“They set me up in a quiet room in Monto, ar­ranged a time, and just tuned in. I was on the big screen and I could see her.

“She could tell me what to do with the move­ment I had.”

While the tele­health ex­pe­ri­ence was “just short of hav­ing one on one”, more could be achieved in per­sonal ses­sions in Monto, he said.

“She could mea­sure the de­gree of flex­ion or ex­ten­sion in my knee and move it.

“When I left, she was teach­ing one of the nurses in Monto to be able to do the ex­er­cises with the pa­tients in Monto.”

Hav­ing re­gained full use of his knee, Mr An­der­son was keen to hear the spe­cial­ist sur­geon’s opin­ion.

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