A Kendal residential home is using the latest technology to help GPs assess residents remotely.
Nursing staff at Kendal Care Home, on Burton Road, are using a headset which connects to a GP from their surgery directly to their patient via a secure live feed to a computer screen so they can digitally assess the patient in real time.
The Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset is transforming how nursing staff carry out their daily ward rounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been used to assess around 60 residents who are bedfast or have skin conditions which mean they do not have to attend a GP surgery.
It has also been used with residents who are nearing the end of their life.
Amanda Hodgson, clinical manager of Kendal Care Home, said: “Before the headset was introduced to the care home in October, nursing staff were having to call the GP from an iPad or smartphone so they could see the resident.
“By using the HoloLens headset, the GP can get a clearer picture of the patient and give advice on whether further treatment is needed.
“We’ve had some great feedback from residents and families of residents who feel assured that this technology is giving GPs a clearer picture of their or their loved one’s condition.”
Local GP Dr Richard Russell said: “HoloLens has enabled real-time communications with residents who really need it, whilst keeping them safe from COVID.
“Its improved quality and access, especially for those infirm, unwell and bed bound. Worried families now feel happier and reassured.
“This is only the start, and we look forward to improving this concept for our residents.”
Kendal Care Home staff are working closely with local GPs to deliver this service, sponsored and supported by Kendal Integrated Care Community and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and enabled by the leadership of Dr Colin Brown, chief clinical information officer at UHMBT.