Virtual medical care: Does it work for everyone?

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!
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