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Dr. Tony Stern's vision on tele-medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 August 2009 13:46

Dr Tony Stern, who runs the Carepoint Practice at theNorthwood Health Centre, says phone consultations are not a replacement for face-to-face advice. But  they give patients more choice and meant patients did not have to travel to the surgery.

With the current economic climate adding to the woes of the nation, people are increasingly reluctant to be seen to be taking time off work, particularly those with long-term health problems. Phone consultations are a great way to make sure that patients can access their GP without compromising their situation.

The phone-a-doctor scheme has already been used by patients suffering from work-related stress.

It is part of a Government drive to improve patient access to GP services.

Dr Stern  still offers face to face consultations but increasing numbers of his patients found the phone service quicker and more convenient. Many patients prefer phone consultations over face to face as it is quick, convenient and can be conducted anywhere.

The advantages are that it cuts out having to make a trip to the surgery, particularly if you are elderly or disabled, offers instant reassurance and means you can take the call anywhere, at home, work, even on holiday if you have a pressing problem that can't wait.
You may hear Dr. Tony Stern address The Community Voice on Thursday 1st October 2009 meeting starts at 7.45pm Prompt.
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written by CJ, August 15, 2009
What a very sensible way to go, a visit to the surgery is a pain. You never get in on time, not to mention leaving everything, time away from work etc.
written by mk, January 26, 2012
This is a futuristic vision and still in the very early stages.
written by Sceptic, February 24, 2013
Dr Stern sits at home while patients go to his surgery to see him on a computer screen. Appalling care! Patients not happy!
written by Mollie, March 31, 2013
I have used the telephone consultation service on several occasions and found it to be brilliant. The Doctors phone me back within a couple of hours. I don't want to sit with a lot of ill people if I don't need to. If I want/need to see a Doctor there is always one available.

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