Teleophthalmology:From Pilot to Service in Scotland

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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In Scotland, eye emergencies are typically first seen by a community optometrist or a non-specialist emergency clinician, and then referred to a specialist ophthalmologist for opinion. This time-consuming process would often be unnecessary, if only the ophthalmologist could check the patient at the point of presentation.

NHS Forth Valley, the University of Strathclyde, and several other NHS Boards are collaborating to enable this using the telemedicine platforms that, within NHS Scotland, connect doctors, optometrists and patients in a group video call via a simple web browser, and live sharing of the view through specialist equipment.

This Engage with Strathclyde event will provide the opportunity to hear about the progress of this exciting initiative, from its origins in handling A&E referrals, through the management of eye care during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond, from the people who are making it possible.

  • 16:30     Welcome
    Mario Giardini, Senior Lecturer Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde.
  • 16:35     The vision
    Janet Pooley, Optometric Advisor, National Eyecare Workstream, Scottish Government.
  • 16:45     Emergency Teleophthalmology
    Iain Livingstone, Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Forth Valley. National TeleOphthalmology Lead, Scottish Government.
  • 16:55     The pandemic response and Telemedicine
    John Olson, Consultant Ophthalmic Physician, Clinical Director Retinal Screening, Honorary Reader University of Aberdeen, OpenEyes Pathways Lead. 
  • 17:10     TeleOphthalmology and Teaching
    Raksha Naik, University of Glasgow.
  • 17:20     Evaluating impact
    Ruth Hamilton, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, Honorary Research Fellow with University of Glasgow, ISCEV President, Chair of the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Healthcare Science and Allied Health Professionals Committee. 
  • 17:30     Q&A
  • 17:45     OpenEyes and OpenEyes Meet: Telemedicine meets EPR
    Peter Coates, Managing Director, Apperta Foundation.
  • 17:55     The Telemedicine Casualty in Moorfields
    Peter Thomas, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Computational Neuroscientist, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Director of Digital Medicine at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Design Authority for OpenEyes.
  • 18:05      Next Generation Home Vision Testing
    Sally Painter, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 18:15     Live telemedicine
    Chris Ryan, Attend Anywhere CEO.
  • 18:25     Q&A

Who should attend?

The event is of interest to clinical professionals and educationalists intending to implement, use, or access telemedicine interventions for specialist consultations, especially in emergency or acute medicine and ophthalmology. It may also be of interest to the general public, as an introduction to telemedicine, which is becoming a key delivery method for healthcare in Scotland.

Benefits of attending

The event will provide an important insight into the teleophthalmology service being implemented in NHS Scotland, and of related implications on service organisation, teaching, technology rollout, and impact. It is also an excellent opportunity to network with the people who are driving the activity forward, to explore possible avenues for interaction and collaboration.

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Dr Mario Giardini
Senior Lecturer
Dr Iain Livingstone
Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Forth Valley; National TeleOphthalmology Lead, Scottish Government

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