Patients of the Skin Lesion Assessment Management (SLAM) Clinic at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) can now have their follow up appointment from the comfort of their home thanks to a new method of care.
Through a website link, patients can have a scheduled appointment with a specialist to assess the progress of recovery without the need of re-presenting to the hospital-based clinic.
“Telehealth is a natural next step to build on the initial success of the SLAM model of care for patients who are often busy with work, children or other commitments.
“Now, we are able to offer them even fewer hospital visits so they can get back to their normal routine quicker,” said PA Hospital Plastics and Reconstructive Staff Specialist, Dr Jay Wiper.
The first-of-its-kind specialist skin cancer clinic launched at PAH in 2018 cutting waiting times for patients to access surgical treatment to remove skin cancers by offering suitable patient assessment and treatment in one single visit.
“The initial feedback from the virtual follow up appointments has been very positive.
“Through this telehealth service, we are able to ensure our patients’ are recovering well and address any concerns without causing disruption to their lives,” he said.
“As long as the patient has a smart phone with a camera this is a viable option for a review.”
Follow up appointments via Telehealth commenced at PAH this week.
Since the launch in 2018, the SLAM Clinic at PAH has seen over 430 patients cutting the median wait time for suitable patients by over 50%.