An innovative video consultancy service from the NHS will be tested on Skye.
The NHS Near Me Service currently allows patients to attend appointments in Caithness General Hospital in Wick using video links to consultants in Inverness, saving them the need for a 200-mile round trip.
The service will pilot on the island and allow patients to access the service in their own homes.
NHS say the first step is to recruit members of the local community to help with the design of the service. Testing will begin immediately, with the aim of offering the service to patients across NHS Highland in 2019.
Clare Morrison, NHS Highland’s Near Me lead, said: “In terms of the next main locations – a NHS Near Me clinic will open at the Lawson Memorial Hospital, Golspie, Sutherland, next month. Then we are aiming to open clinics in Portree Community Hospital on Skye and the Belford Hospital in Fort William by December.
“We also plan to set up small unstaffed rooms in facilities and care hubs all over the Highlands – these unstaffed rooms will be an alternative for patients if they can’t connect from home so ensuring equitable access to the NHS Near Me service.”
Photograph from NHS: NHS Near Me service in use at the Q Exchange Event 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.