Teledermatology during the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a valuable asset, allowing access to medical care without physical contact.
A visit to our clinic may follow a video consultation, although at times an effective level of treatment can be provided remotely. As the video above mentions, a little preparation before a teledermatology appointment is worthwhile.
The appointment is yours and time should be taken on aspects you want to be covered. All the better if you can make a note of these before the appointment, symptoms you wish to mention, any questions you have.
If you would prefer to have a friend, or relative in the room with you, this is not a problem and is worth arranging in advance.
We will let you know about the practical requirements to join a video consultation, although a little experience helps you feel relaxed. If you have never used a video link, why not have a trial run with a member of your family.
This will also confirm that the devices you own are suited to the task, a reasonably up to date PC with a video camera, or a pad, or mobile are normally fine. On smaller devices, you may need to download and install an app.
Normal video resolution will often be all that is needed, although there are occasions when sharing a close up image will help. Try taking a few digital images of yourself, to judge the best distance and lighting.
Above all, don’t be too concerned about technical needs. Millions of video calls are made every day, not least during the coronavirus pandemic, the technology is well proven and easy to use.
Part Of Ongoing Care
As with any consultation, the meeting over video is just part of our team being connected to and supporting patients. The end of your video call may be the start of helpful treatment, or further diagnosis where this is needed.
Medication can be organised when required, safe clinic visits arranged if this is best for you. Your consultant will remain in touch by other routes and can keep you informed through follow up emails.
The digital world gives us great ways to share information, although shouldn’t remove personal care. Our best tip for teledermatology is don’t forget to just be yourself, our consultants will be the same people you would normally meet.