Leeds Children's Hospital New Virtual Consultation Technology Trial
Leeds Children's Hospital to accelerate healthcare for babies born with cleft lip and palate with new virtual consultation technology.
17:21 13 July 2021
Leeds Children's Hospital is trialling a new virtual consultation technology in a bid to accelerate the future of healthcare for babies born with cleft lip and palate.
The scheme, which was launched in partnership with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, NHSX and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, will utilise TytoCare digital solution that features remote imaging capabilities.
Emma Blair, lead nurse for the cleft lip and palate service at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said: “To agree surgical options for children with a cleft lip and/or palate, and review postoperative healing, consultants need a high-quality view of the inside of the mouth.
"Currently, we can only do this by seeing the patient face to face at the hospital.
"However, Tyto’s virtual capabilities, which includes a hand-held assessment tool, means the nurse can visit the patient’s home to capture high quality images to share with the surgeon and plan surgical care options.
“Clinical nurse specialists obtain postoperative images and share these with the surgeon to review post-operative healing.
"At the moment, the surgeon has to see the patient face to face to do this.
"Using Tyto technology means we can provide high quality images that enable better-informed remote clinical decision making.”