Video consultations reduce number of patients leaving prison for healthcare

From the Crack (yeah, I didn’t make that up):

Innovative video consultations already piloted in Millom are being extended to Haverigg prison. The aim of the project is to reduce the number of journeys from the prison to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department at Furness General Hospital, which is a 45 minute drive away.

Haverigg Prison is a Category C men’s prison, located in the village of Haverigg in Cumbria, which generates an increasing number of journeys each year to Furness General Hospital Emergency Department.

The scheme, which is currently being piloted by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as part of Better Care Together, involves a high definition video camera and monitor located in one of the consulting rooms within the Health Care Centre at Haverigg Prison. There is similar equipment within the Emergency Department (ED) at Furness General Hospital which allows a senior doctor to virtually assess the prison based patient and triage their follow on care.

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