Telehealth tech makes life easier after stroke

Midwest Times
Paul Hinds receives treatment at Mount Magnet via Telehealth from physiotherapist Naomi Ramsay in Geraldton.
Camera IconPaul Hinds receives treatment at Mount Magnet via Telehealth from physiotherapist Naomi Ramsay in Geraldton. Credit: Supplied

A reunion with a pet kangaroo is just one of the benefits for a stroke sufferer who was able to use digital technology to access health services from his home town at Mount Magnet.

Paul Hinds ended up in hospital in Geraldton after he had a stroke earlier this year.

Thanks to WA Country Health Service’s Telehealth program, after a four-week stay in hospital, Mr Hinds was able to be reunited with his pets and continue his recovery in Mount Magnet.

“I was in hospital in Geraldton for about a month and they didn’t want me to go home but I have animals to look after, including a kangaroo, so I wanted to get home to look after them,” Mr Hinds said.

“The only reason they discharged me was because of Telehealth; I could attend my twice-weekly physio appointments at Mount Magnet nursing post using videoconference with my physio at Geraldton Hospital.”

Mr Hinds said access to Telehealth meant he did not have to stay in Geraldton to receive the same care.

He said there were a number of factors that contributed to his recovery, including being able to have one-on-one appointments with the same physio.

“There were lots of benefits to using Telehealth; financial, being home to look after my animals and it is just more comfortable at home; I believe it helped me recover quicker than if I’d been in hospital,” he said.

“More people in the bush need to know that Telehealth is available.”

WA Country Health Service executive director Robyn Sermon said Telehealth gave people living in rural and remote areas access to a wide range of health services that are readily available in the city.

Telehealth also provides support to staff in country hospitals through virtual consultations and access to specialists, training and education.

“WA Country Health Service is a global leader in the provision of digitally enabled health services and the use of Telehealth continues to benefit regional residents by reducing the need for travel, saving valuable time away from family and giving access to some of the best specialists in the State,” Ms Sermon said.

To find out more about Telehealth, visit the Healthy WA website.

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