Funding boost of £1.8m for 13 GP surgeries in East Devon

CREDIT: This story was first seen in Devon Live

The cash will fund technology at the surgeries that will help better care be provided to patients, Devon Live reports.

A £1.8m shot in the arm for 13 GP surgeries across East Devon has been announced.

The cash will fund technology at the surgeries that will help better care be provided to patients.

The planned improvements to care include:

• Making it easier for GPs to get advice from specialists – about a skin lesion, for instance.

• Conducting consultations by video.

• Enabling patients to review their medications online.

• Learning about conditions through online videos and information sites.

• Trialling a system that provides patients with a video of their consultation.

• Using technology to improve communication between patients and GPs.

• Developing a single online source to let people know what services are available locally.

The GP surgeries that will benefit are: Axminster Medical Practice, Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre, Claremont Medical Practice in Exmouth, Coleridge Medical Centre in Ottery St Mary, Haldon House Surgery in Exmouth, Honiton Surgery, Imperial Medical Practice in Exmouth, Raleigh Surgery in Exmouth, Rolle Medical Practice in Exmouth, Seaton Medical Practice, Colyton Medical Practice, Sid Valley Practice, Townsend House Medical Centre in Seaton and the Woodbury Surgery.

The funding will also help practices run more efficiently behind the scenes by:

• Using video conferencing to improve communications.

• Improving the way doctors and nurses use medical records on computers.

• Allowing better access to patient records.

• Providing doctors and nurses with computers for home working.

• Linking practices with an improved telephone network.

• Reducing paper usage.

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