New equipment for telehealth services

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Patients in the Fraserburgh area have been given a boost to their chronic wound management e-clinic, thanks to the generosity of Fraserburgh resident Mrs Flo Lawrence.

NHS Grampian’s Department of Tissue Viability has invested a donation of £1,000 from Mrs Lawrence into buying a blood circulation assessment machine − the first for NHS patients in the Fraserburgh area.

The machine screens the lower limbs of patients with leg ulcers, showing the blood flow to the lower limb − this test helps medical staff in the diagnosis of the cause of the ulcer. Testing blood flow normally involves a member of staff using a hand held ultrasound probe and this takes three times longer than the machine. The NHS estimates that one in 50 people over the age of 80 develops leg
ulcers.

The machine will be used by Community Nurse Fiona Reid and her colleagues in the Fraserburgh area. It fits into a lightweight case and can be used in a patient’s home.

Mrs Lawrence, who has raised funds over 20 years for many causes, raised the money for the machine as part of £3,000 raised through ruby wedding celebrations for her and husband Robbie. She was inspired to make the donation having received care through the Department of Tissue Viability’s e-clinic over many months for a chronic wound. She was able to be treated in her own home in Fraserburgh, rather than having to travel repeatedly to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Community nurses took digital pictures of her wound and used these in telehealth consultations with specialists at ARI. This saved time, energy and expense for Mrs Lawrence and her family.

Mrs Lawrence said: “All the community nurses were amazing and Fiona Reid gave me confidence to cope with my wound. I was delighted to be treated through this remote consultation system, rather than having to make the 90 mile round trip to Aberdeen.”

Professor David Gray, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Tissue Viability, said: “We are very grateful for Mrs Lawrence’s generosity and look forward to developing our remote consultation service further for our patients.”