Telemedicine Service

 More information on the following document... Telemedicine Service Report for January 2009 is now available, providing details of projects undertaken by the Telemedicine Service.
The Telemedicine Project was launched on 1 September 2005 through services procured from Ceredigion & Mid Wales NHS Trust with the secondment of the Project Manager for two days per week, increasing to three days per week in November 2007 due to the success and the development of the programme. 
Due to the success and numer of individual projects under this service, the Telemedicine project is now known as the Telemedicine Service with full time Telemedicine Manager.  More detailed information about the Telemedicine Service and our progress up to April 2007 is available in our More information on the following document... project overview document 2007  and also progress up to January 2009 in our More information on the following document... Telemedicine Service Report 2009. Additional information on Telemedicine and other IM&T Projects are also available on Informing Healthcare website.
The broad aims of the original project were to:
  • Improve communication between primary and secondary care;
  • Clarify patient pathways;
  • Implement network clinical priorities and commissioning frameworks for each cancer site;
  • Ensure better integration of multidisciplinary teams:
  • Improve joint commissioning and collaborative working;
  • Provide seamless, consistent and well-coordinated services.  
Initial work undertaken produced information to assist staff in the use of videoconferencing equipment, which includes user guides as well as troubleshooting advice and etiquette.
Since the launch of the project there has been a steady increase in the use of videoconferencing across the Network.   
Training workshops and/or one to one training sessions for staff play an important role in the work of the Telemedicine Service.  Equipment was purchased for some sites to upgrade existing equipment and to supplement existing facilities.  Web cameras with laptops were also purchased and in collaboration with Informing Healthcare an Evaluation Case Study on the use of the this technology within a healthcare environment is currently being written. 
Telemedicine Project has also been working with the pathology network to implement a solution to network histopathology images.  Funding from Informing Healthcare has enabled procurement and implementation is commenced end November 2007.  Details of project will be available soon on the Histopathology section of this page.
The Telemedicine Project has attracted much publicity including a presentation at the Saving Lives in Cancer Conference in Brussels in November 2006, which led to interest from around Europe with coverage in local and national press and in 2007 at the Informing Health International Advisory Group Conference. 
More recently, at the annual Royal Society of Medicine Telemed & Ehealth ’08 Conference in London, the South West Wales Cancer Network was invited to give four presentations demonstrating the effectiveness of new technologies for delivering healthcare in rural Wales.  The presenters described to a large international audience how Telemedicine has assisted the South West Wales Cancer Network to meet the challenge of providing an effective healthcare in rural Wales.
Contact Details:
Delyth Lewis
Telemedicine Services Manager
South West Wales Cancer Network
c/o Meurig Ward
Bronglais General Hospital
SY23 1ER
Telephone:  01970 628814
Mobile :  07920591254

Last updated: 28/05/2010