New technology allows patients to access out of hours appointment closer to home

Virtual out of hours GP appointments are now being offered by a state of the art video link between Millom Community Hospital and Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) headquarters in Carlisle.

This development for patients in Millom is thanks to work done within the Millom Alliance including a partnership between Better Care Together and CHOC. It means that some patients can avoid a 45 minute journey to attend a face to face appointment at Furness General Hospital.

The new video technology based in Millom Community Hospital means that on Saturdays between 9.00am and 1.30pm, appropriate patients will be offered the option of a consultation with a CHOC GP via a video link.

By using a high definition video screen and webcam the out of hours GP from Carlisle can virtually assess the patient and decide the best course of action which may include a prescription being sent electronically to one of the local pharmacies.
Susan Blakemore Chief Executive for CHOC said:

‘This innovation is to ensure safe care can be provided to patients in remote and rural locations. I am delighted that it is making a difference to patients within the Millom community and this will help CHOC to be part of a wider rollout of Telehealth consultations for the population in Cumbria.'

The aim of the service is to provide the public with fast, secure access to health care professionals, without having to travel in order to do so.