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Doctors to Skype patients

13th November 2012

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland has advised doctors that using Skype to talk to their patients could result in fewer missed GP appointments.

Dr Barry Parker, a medical adviser, said: "The concept of holding consultations via Skype is an interesting development, which may have clear advantages in terms of convenience for patients and doctors. Seeing your doctor in a safe and convenient way in the comfort of your own home may appeal to some patients. Skype consultations may potentially be better than telephone advice calls, in that the patient can see who they are talking to, aiding communication, and the doctor can gain an overall impression of the patient’s condition." 

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