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Feature Link: Centre for Rural Health

There’s always been a link to the Centre for Rural Health from this blog, but they’ve recently made some great improvements to their site.

The Centre is based in Aberdeen University, where there seems to be a lot of rural research going on – for health as well as other topics too.  Aberdeen is now home to one of 3 UK Rural Digital Economy Hubs. In April, the University was awarded £12.4 million to investigate how digital strategies can help enhance rural communities, including the potential benefits for healthcare.

You can see a full list of the Centre’s current research projects on their website.

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Scottish Centre for Telehealth Conference

All the presentations from February’s SCT conference are now available from here.  [Dec13 – sorry, link no longer active, presentations no longer appear to be available]

Topics include establishing where Scotland is at now with its telehealth strategy, managing long term conditions at home with telemedicine, clinical photography, dementia & telehealth, and involving communities in service redesign.

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NHS24 in Rural/Remote Areas

You may be aware of an excellent source of R&R research – Rural & Remote Health.   Thanks to Gordon Baird, who flagged up an interesting article into how the out-of-hours telephone service NHS24 (similar to NHS Direct in England & Wales) fares for remote & rural communities.  Direct link to the article (including PDF) here.

I’ve also added a new RSS bar on the left – this now links directly with the current contents of the European issue of R&RH.

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Single Handed by Rosie Donovan

Here’s an interesting insight into the work of some of our more remote colleagues.  Granted, this isn’t recent news, but I thought it might tempt readers who’ve not seen this before.

Rosie Donovan is a Scottish photographer who carried out a photo-documentary of the lives of several remote & rural GPs in Scotland.  The exhibition that resulted is apparently on permanent display at RCGP in Edinburgh, and is also available in a book – you can order yours on her website.

However, much of the content is available to peruse on the site too – note that you can click the portrait photos to find out more about each story.

Sometime soon, I hope that some practitioners’ profiles can feature on this blog.  For the time being, I’m sure Rosie’s commentaries will provide an insightful read.

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James Ferguson on Telemedicine

Clip from Lesley Riddoch‘s BBC Scotland show on 18 January 2008.  James Ferguson is Consultant in A&E Medicine in Aberdeen, with an interest in telemedicine – he’s part of the team at the Scottish Centre for Telehealth.  He covers topics related to remote medicine, including hospital closures and using technology to reduce the problem of distance.  Recommended listening!

[podcast]http://cdn2.libsyn.com/rqs/January_18__2008_Teleheath.mp3[/podcast]

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Lesley Riddoch on Telehealth

Lesley Riddoch, an excellent broadcaster on Radio Scotland, interviewed some top names in Telehealth in 2007.  Although it was recorded 2 years ago, the standard of broadcast is high and the programme is more about what telemedicine could eventually achieve.

Those interviewed are: Dr Leonard Witkamp a dermatologist and Director of the Telemedicine Centre in Holland; Dr Richard Scott of the e-Health Research Programme at the University of Calgary and Prof James Dunbar of Dept of Rural Health at Flinders Univ in Australia.

[podcast]http://www.lesleyriddoch.co.uk/files/health_chat.mp3[/podcast]

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