Link to reduce travel

TELE-MEDICINE: Coffs Harbour Health Campus specialist pediatrician Dr Derika Wijetilaka, NETS director Dr Andrew Berry, Newcastle Permanent’s Michael Slater and Variety’s Peter Harvey check out the Vision for Life system.
TELE-MEDICINE: Coffs Harbour Health Campus specialist pediatrician Dr Derika Wijetilaka, NETS director Dr Andrew Berry, Newcastle Permanent’s Michael Slater and Variety’s Peter Harvey check out the Vision for Life system.

A NEW health link will provide local families who have a sick or injured child with specialist medical expertise they could only otherwise access in the city.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus has received a life-saving tele-medicine system linking local hospital staff with specialists at the Newborn and Pediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) and specialists in other hospitals.

It is among 16 hospitals across the state to get the video system via Variety the Children's Charity and the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

The video link, Vision for Life, allows for real-time consultation of a sick, injured or critically injured child.

NETS director Dr Andrew Berry said it also reduced the need for travel by families who might be unable to be transported with their child.

"Using this technology, specialist doctors at NETS and in potential destination hospitals in the cities or regional centres will be able to more accurately diagnose, help treat and decide whether and how to transfer a sick or injured child," Dr Berry said.

"It will also prevent unnecessary road or aero-medical retrieval and dislocation for families.

"The Vision for Life program will help to overcome a significant issue faced by many regional NSW residents by providing 24-hour access to specialist advice for diagnosis and treatment support for their children."

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