Chislehurst woman praises borough’s new medical technology that uses ‘video conferencing’ to care for strokes


Story by Joshua Barrie

A Chislehurst woman has praised Bromley’s new medical technology after she received urgent care remotely while having a stroke.

Karen Baskett, 64, who lives near Chislehurst train station, benefited from ‘telemedicine’, which allows a brain injury specialist to diagnose and supervise treatment of patients “as if in the room”.

Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Farnborough is one of just eight in London to offer telemedicine and is the only hospital in the area offering a ‘Hyper Acute Stroke Unit’.

The technology uses video conferencing software, similar to Skype, to care for “time-critical stroke patients” and ensure they receive treatment as soon as possible after arriving at hospital.

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