NHS Near Me
In a major initiative to support frontline health care services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, HIS colleagues have supported the roll out of NHS Near Me to maternity and paediatric services.
NHS Near Me is a video consulting platform, enabling digital communication between patients and healthcare staff. It is designed to support the reduction of physical interactions and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while enabling the delivery of vital healthcare.
To learn about the successes and challenges the maternity and paediatric communities have experienced so far in implementing NHS Near Me, a number of virtual sessions have been hosted via Microsoft Teams and WebEx.
Supporting the use of NHS Near Me
How technology is helping to shape the future of maternity services
28 May 2020
During this WebEx session we discussed how NHS boards make best use of the system to improve access for women during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a focus on the use of NHS Near Me in maternity services, this session supported staff by:
- understanding the opportunity that NHS Near Me offers to improve access for women across Scotland
- sharing top tips from boards who have used NHS Near Me in maternity services, and
- sharing learning on common pitfalls and how they have been addressed.
Supporting home monitoring for pregnant women
8 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has required the NHS to urgently consider self-monitoring of BP at home by pregnant women in order to safely reduce the number of face-to-face consultations for pregnant and postnatal women.
Self-monitoring of BP at home by pregnant women can either be used to replace measurement of blood pressure by a healthcare professional on the day of a scheduled clinic (i.e. intermittently) or can be done routinely and more frequently by pregnant women (e.g. daily or weekly) in addition to usual care.
This WebEx allowed us to hear from boards who were in the early stages of testing the processes involved in implementing home monitoring for blood pressure and urine analysis for pregnant women in their areas.
How using NHS Near Me can help shape the future of paediatric services
2 & 5 June 2020
These webinars provided an opportunity for paediatric teams to share their learning from implementing NHS Near Me with the wider paediatric community.
During the webinars, the following areas were covered:
- an overview of the NHS Near Me national perspective by Clare Morrison, National Near Me Lead, Scottish Government
- the benefits of using NHS Near Me in a paediatric setting, and
- sharing of challenges and successes in using NHS Near Me in a paediatric setting by clinicians already using the system.
2 June 2020
5 June 2020
Sharing experiences of using NHS Near Me in paediatric services
24 June 2020
This webinar provided an opportunity for more paediatric clinicians to share their Near Me stories. Clare Morrison, National Near Me Lead at Scottish Government, and Professor Steve Turner, RCPCH Officer for Scotland also participated in the webinar.