Angus project shortlisted for national award

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The Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre in Angus has been shortlisted in the Innovative Remote and Rural Services category of the Annual Scottish Digital Health and Care Awards.

The awards aim to recognise the achievements of those working in the health and social care sector whose creativity and innovation put Scotland at the forefront of the digital revolution in healthcare and improve the life chances and quality of patients across the country.

The Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre, which opened in October 2015, acts as a hub for local health and wellbeing solutions for the community of Letham, a village with a high percentage of elderly among its 3100 inhabitants.

In order to provide better services to the inhabitants of Letham, the centre now houses clinics for cardiac, podiatry and anticoagulation led by specialist nurses, and improvements have been made on how people can book appointments. In addition, receptionists at every participating GP practice in the area can schedule appointments for the clinics in Letham. The local community pharmacy also reviews people from minor illnesses, reducing the need for people to attend their GP surgery.

The installation of a ‘Surgery Pod’ in the hub, the first development of its kind in Scotland, has enabled people to measure their own vital signs and answer clinical questionnaires via the touch screen device. Measurements are sent electronically to the GP practice where a person is registered.

Vicky Irons, Chief Officer for Angus HSCP, said, “As a result of these changes, access to healthcare services has improved because people can now visit the local centre in their village instead of travelling to see their GP.

“Between 2015 and 2017 there has been a 400% increase in activity at the clinic in Letham. Fewer home visits are needed so the nurses are avoiding unnecessary travel time releasing more time for care. If people have difficulty in attending an appointment at the Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre they can speak to their GP practice or community nurse for advice.”

“I am delighted that the Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre is being recognised by the Scottish Digital Health and Care Awards and I would like to thank everyone for all the efforts they have put in to creating these changes and for the work they continue to do every day.”

The Digital Health and Care Awards ceremony takes place on 20 February, 2019.

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