The Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy teams at Mayo University Hospital (MUH) developed virtual clinics to assess patients with fractures who could be managed remotely during the Covid 19 restriction. The special clinics minimised hospital visits for hundreds of patients, keeping them safe at home as much as possible
Prof Paul O’Grady, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mayo University Hospital says the emergency orthopaedic service has continued and they have seen many patients in their clinics. "As we now move to restoring more of our clinics, including our follow-up clinics, we have started to use technology to support our clinic. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older patients and it allows us assess them remotely and avoids the need for them to attend the hospital".
While Sarah Dunne, Physiotherapist at MUH, explains that through the use of an app they have been able to offer patients phone and video call consultations. Telehealth has proven to be an effective means of treatment for patients of all ages.