Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW BY VIDEO; LONDON HOSPITALS USE CAMERA LINK TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE OUT OF HOURS; Video-Link Treatment 'Is like Having an Airport Control Tower for Care'; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW BY VIDEO; LONDON HOSPITALS USE CAMERA LINK TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE OUT OF HOURS; Video-Link Treatment 'Is like Having an Airport Control Tower for Care'; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor

DOCTORS are to monitor critically ill patients by video link from another hospital in a radical move to tackle the skills shortage in the NHS.

A London hospital trust today announced the first UK trials of technology that could drive up the standard of care at night and weekends, when wards are typically staffed by junior doctors.

Guy's and St Thomas' will test the "EICU" system, which uses high-definition cameras to enable consultants to check on patients from a centralised control room and alert and advise bedside teams on problems.

The system is already in use in more than 300 US hospitals where the Philips "telemedicine" technology is said to have cut patient death rates by 27 per cent and reduced hospital stays by 23 per cent.

Doctors compare the technology with air traffic control, where the landing and take-off of planes is co-ordinated from a single location. It means that consultants based at St Thomas' will be able to assess and monitor patients at Guy's several miles away. Dr Richard Beale, clinical director of perioperative, critical care and pain services at Guy's and St Thomas', said: "It's like an airport having a control tower, supporting what is going on throughout the system, so that the overall quality goes up and senior people are available when needed.

"The results in the US have generally been pretty encouraging. We just want to know whether it works in the NHS."

Details of the trial, funded by a [pounds sterling]2.85 million grant from Guy's and St Thomas' charity, were being made public today in a presentation at the King's Fund think tank in central London. It will take about nine months to install the computer hardware, which will be subject to two to three years' live testing on patients in highdependency and critical care wards. These will include stroke patients and those admitted to A&E after traumatic injury. …

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