Integrated Teledermatology

Current Dermatology services are not sustainable with increasing demand and national shortage of Dermatologists. Referral rates from primary care continue to rise, widening the capacity gap and increasing waiting times. Teledermatology was suggested by the King’s Fund as a possible partial solution for this National problem. Following patient consultation, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) Dermatology department worked closely with IT services and Medical Illustration to set up a teledermatology pilot clinic. The pilot was evaluated for effect on referral rates. Graphs were produced for referrals with and without teledermatology referrals to ensure we weren’t simply creating more demand. GP and patient satisfaction surveys were universally positive. A single letter is sent to both GP and patient. Peer cross reporting showed a 95% concordance between consultants. In depth cost analysis revealed a saving of 45K per 2,000 patients seen. As results positive the service was expanded to Newport, Chepstow and is soon to open in Caerphilly. For further information please contact: Dr Natalie Stone, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 Posted by Good Practice Wales
 29/03/2017   Categories: Outpatients - Primary Care / Shared Care Outpatients Improvement Programme
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