Delivering outpatient clinics remotely
NHS planning guidance includes a target of 25% of outpatient activity being delivered remotely by telephone or video consultation. This would have benefits in terms of carbon and air pollution reduction.
Is this realistic for stroke outpatients and can we do even better?
During the first wave of covid, all our stroke follow up clinics in Brighton were by telephone consultation and had a high patient satisfaction rate (90%) as well as reducing patient travel - estimated 215km of car travel saved per clinic.
How are stroke departments currently managing outpatient clinics and how can we balance 'greener' remote consultations with ensuring patient safety?