Virtual medical care: Does it work for everyone?
Seeing patients by video link or catching up with them over
the phone may suit some but not everyone and having a doctor’s appointment via video
link may make some people feel uneasy. But if this is the future way forward
for GPs to run their surgeries then perhaps doctors will need to update their
bedside manner to make ALL their patients feel at ease with this new way of
working. Seeing them face to face surely helps with diagnosis as a professionally
trained eye may spot physical traits some illnesses show as well as being able
to see if positive progression or a decline has taken place in their patients. There
are other things too, like checking heartbeat, pulse, and weight with these
simpler checks a doctor can, at times, dismiss any more serious issues which
can put the patients mind at rest even if the condition is still unresolved.
But could these get missed if only seeing the head and shoulders of someone on
a poor grainy video link that keeps freezing? Or will it be that doctor’s referrals
of patients to consultants will become more common practice and so still resulting
in higher waiting lists? Just asking but wasn’t this something the NHS has been
trying to reduce for years?? I mean we surely won’t be seeing patients prescribed
an abundance of medications each failing miserably making only the pharmaceutical
companies’ profits the thing that grows more positively healthier by the minute,
will we? Oh well one thing is certain not to change the patient is and always
will remain a patient, that is the one who is always left patiently waiting!