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Coronavirus: Mobile tablets given to North Yorkshire care homes

Coronavirus: Mobile tablets given to North Yorkshire care homes

Published by Karen Liu at 6:54am 9th June 2020.

Tablet devices for North Yorkshire's care homes

  • More than 200 tablet devices have been dished out to care homes across North Yorkshire.
  • It's to allow resident access to virtual appointments with GPs and other clinical staff.
  • The technology will reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus for residents, as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says it has invested in more than 200 Samsung tablet devices for care homes in the county, so residents can access virtual appointments with GPs and other clinical staff.

The CCG says the data-enabled tablets come equipped with the same software that is enabling doctors to hold increasing numbers of virtual consultations with patients, as practices try and limit face-to-face appointments in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation says it hopes that by equipping care homes with this technology, clinical leaders in North Yorkshire hope it will reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for residents, as well as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Tablet devices for North Yorkshire Care homes

Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair for NHS North Yorkshire CCG, said:

“All 51 GP practices in North Yorkshire are now hosting secure video consultations with patients and it has been a huge success.

While there will always be occasions when there is no substitute for a face-to-face consultation, this technology is proving to be absolutely suitable for a great many GP appointments and patients have been terrific at adapting to these changes.

We know that a lot of care home residents are clinically vulnerable, so if we can exploit existing technology to reduce the numbers of visits we need to make to see our patients in care homes, it will help to keep them safe and helps us to manage the risks associated with providing essential care during the Covid-19 pandemic and potentially beyond.”