LEADER, May 3, 2019

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One of the consequences of living in a remote, rural area has always been having to travel long distances for specialist medical consultations – until now.

The trial this week of video-link consultations with an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde consultant orthopaedic surgeon for five Campbeltown patients could be the first step in changing that.

People’s time is valuable and the Skype-like calls mean that neither the patients nor the medical professionals have to travel for hours to attend appointments.

The cost to both individuals and the NHS of patients travelling to Glasgow via bus and plane must be significant.

And there has never been greater awareness of the issue of climate change, with the recent Extinction Rebellion protests in London making national headlines.

Thousands of protesters blocked off roads in the capital city and called on the government for action to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025.

The wonders of modern technology could provide a win-win solution – giving people easier access to medical care as well as reducing carbon emissions.