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Wales investment in telemedicine

21st February 2008

A major £33m funding package has been announced for hospitals across Wales to buy new telemedicine equipment.


The funding will provide teleconferencing equipment that will link more hospitals across Wales and provide additional diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners, x-ray and endoscopy machines.

While full details of guidelines on spending the money are still being drawn up, it is expected that health trusts will also be able to use the money - provided by the Welsh Assembly Government - to carry out building alterations, introduce measures that could help cut energy consumption and recycle and reduce waste.

Welsh health minister Edwina Hart said: “The NHS across Wales has seen significant investment in new buildings and equipment in recent years to help improve care for patients and the working environment for staff. The allocation of this £33million will help the NHS deliver better services for patients, including access to diagnostic tests, such as scans.

“Our aim is to provide as many services as close to the patient as possible. The increasing use of telemedicine will reduce the need for patients to travel.?

She explained the equipment will mean a patient in one hospital can be diagnosed using the expertise of a consultant in another unit.

The announcement came as the minister visited Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth where telemedicine links the Accident and Emergency and Minor Injury Units.

Facilities for kidney patients will also be improved under the package with new equipment at Pembrokeshire and Derwen, Swansea, North West Wales, North East Wales and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trusts.


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Article Information

Title: Wales investment in telemedicine
Author: Anne Waller
Article Id: 5724
Date Added: 21st Feb 2008



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