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CCG launches ‘Skype’ consultation pilot


11 October 2013

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Advanced technology could be used to improve health for care home residents following a successful funding bid. 
The technology pilot would use video consultations between patients and medical professionals, with GPs used to coordinate the patient’s treatment and care. 
GPs working with Bolton clinical commissioning group (CCG) won one of only six bids in Greater Manchester for NHS funding. 
Bolton’s project is part of the CCGs vision to shift care and treatments from hospitals to the community. 

Advanced technology could be used to improve health for care home residents following a successful funding bid. 
The technology pilot would use video consultations between patients and medical professionals, with GPs used to coordinate the patient’s treatment and care. 
GPs working with Bolton clinical commissioning group (CCG) won one of only six bids in Greater Manchester for NHS funding. 
Bolton’s project is part of the CCGs vision to shift care and treatments from hospitals to the community. 
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, chair of Bolton CCG, said:  "I am very pleased that [we have] been successful in our funding bid.  
"We have already done some great work in Bolton to improve the health of local people with long term conditions by joined up working in health and social care.  This funding will allow us to explore innovative future models of care."
The pilots are due to begin in November. 

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