Feedback sought from Borderers on NHS video consultations

People in the Borders are being asked for their views on how health and care services might be delivered remotely in the future.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 4:57 pm
Near Me has been used extensively by health services during the pandemic.
Near Me has been used extensively by health services during the pandemic.

The use of video consultations in Scotland has rapidly escalated since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

Prior to March, there were around 300 video consultations using the Near Me system; by June, there were almost 17,000 every week, with around 150,000 in total.

In the Borders, there have been more than 3,300 Near Me consultations during this period.

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Now, the Scottish Government team behind Near Me has launched a major engagement exercise to find out what people think about how the system might be improved for the future.

The Government’s vision is that all health and care consultations in Scotland are provided by Near Me whenever it is appropriate – and it is seeking views on that vision.

Dr Cliff Sharp, medical director at NHS Borders, said: “Near Me video consulting is proving to be vital for those who deliver and receive health and social care during the pandemic and is being extensively used throughout the Borders.

“It has enabled services to continue to be provided without exposing people to Covid-19 and has significantly reduced the number of people coming into health and social care premises.

“It has therefore made an important contribution to reducing the risk of the infection spreading.

“It is important that we plan now for the future post-Covid 19 – and residents in the Borders have a part to play in that.

“I would urge people to check out the Near Me vision and give their feedback on it.”

To take part in the survey, go to Near Me Views