Tele­health trial

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Peo­ple who at­tend ur­gent-care cen­tres across much of the re­gion will be able to see a doc­tor with­out trav­el­ling be­yond the reach of their dis­trict health ser­vice as part of a new trial.

Wim­mera Health Care Group and West Wim­mera Health Ser­vice have joined forces for the trial, which is based on a new af­ter-hours video-con­fer­enc­ing sys­tem.

Wim­mera group clin­i­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Don Mcrae said the Wim­mera trial would be of huge ben­e­fit to ur­gent-care cen­tres such as Nhill be­cause pa­tients would have greater ac­cess to health-care pro­fes­sion­als.

“When a per­son at­tends af­ter hours and there is no doc­tor on duty, a nurse will as­sess them and if they need to see a doc­tor will con­nect the per­son via tele­health with one in the Hor­sham emer­gency de­part­ment,” he said.

“The pa­tient will ei­ther then be ad­mit­ted, trans­ferred or sent home.”

Mr Mcrae said the pro­gram, tri­alled be­tween 5pm and 10pm, seven days a week, started on Mon­day.

“We think this pro­gram will ben­e­fit pa­tients, doc­tors and nurses and also re­duce the bur­den on Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria,” he said.

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