Gold Coast Health’s Midwifery and Obstetric team have implemented specialist telehealth gynaecology and obstetric consultations which are making life easier for women.
The convenient skype-like appointment by video increases access to women’s health services for eligible women, reduces travel to the hospital, parking costs and the inconvenience of a face to face appointment.
Midwifery Navigator Diane Tamariki, together with Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Vanitha Math, have so far delivered more than 20 consultations via telehealth since the project was introduced in October 2017.
“The patient can now receive continuity of care in the comfort of their own home or in a local Midwife clinic through telehealth contributes to improved efficiency for individualised care,” said Diane.
The virtual consultations allow for multiple specialists to join at one time, and both medical staff and the patient can see their records during the video link, which is delivered using secure Queensland Health connection.
The Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division recently awarded $10,000 to Gold Coast Health’s Maternity Services. These funds will be used to purchase additional equipment to assist in the expansion of telehealth.