Most, if not all, NHS Trusts deal with resourcing issues on a frequent basis. Not only are teams having to deal with a current patient load, but expertise is often requested at other hospital sites.
Adding to the challenges of the patient load is the geographically dispersed area of patients which need frequent interaction with the consultants. These visits can be time-consuming for both doctor and patient and so video conferencing application can be critical.
Simplicity of use, coupled with the face-to-face familiarity of a doctor/patient consultation means that video conferencing is a reliable and trusted method of outpatient consultation.
Consultations over video with outpatients means that staff can quickly visualise data using content-sharing function, and also notice patient-critical symptoms which a telephone conversation would miss, helping the team to react rapidly to a deteriorating patient, thus reducing further complication.