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Video link to help stroke victims

Stroke telehealth service
Consultants in Aberdeen can speak to staff in Stornoway

Video conferencing should see quicker diagnosis and treatment for stroke victims in the Western Isles, the islands' health authority has said.

A video link has been set up between Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).

CT scans are sent for analysis by ARI consultants, who can also talk to accident and emergency staff or patients themselves.

For some patients it should mean early administration of a clot-busting drug.

The video link up is known as telehealth.

Donella Campbell, of NHS Western Isles, said: "If the scan and observations show the patient may be eligible for the clot busting drug the patient has a video consultation with the consultant and is able to view everything that is happening via a telehealth monitor.

"The consultant is also able to speak to relatives or carers at the same time. A specialist decision on treatment can then be made."

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