Telehealth - providing health care closer to home
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth uses videoconferencing technology to connect you to a health care provider who is not located in your community.
A Telehealth appointment is very similar to a face-to-face appointment. You can see, hear and talk to your health care provider. Family members can attend with you and sometimes a nurse will accompany you for your appointment.
Telehealth avoids unnecessary travel time and expenses for individuals. That means you don't have to spend hours in a car or plane for a short appointment and will save the cost of gas and food. It cuts back overnight stays and having to take time from work. It provides continuity of care and makes increased outreach possible.
How close is the nearest Telehealth video unit to me?
There are telehealth sites located across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As of 2018, there are 21 sites in Central NL. There are telehealth sites in health care facilities in the following communities: Springdale, Twillingate, Fogo Island, Change Islands, Mose Ambrose, St. Alban’s, Harbour Breton, Conne River, Botwood, Lewisporte, Grand Falls, Gander, Glovertown, Brookfield, Baie Verte, & Buchans.
How can I access Telehealth?
Ask your health care provider about Telehealth. If it is right for you, and the service is available, your health care provider can arrange for the appointment.
Many different program areas and health care providers are using telehealth to provide services. Some program areas currently using telehealth include Oncology, Nephrology, Surgery, Mental Health, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Wound care, Social Work and Nutritional Health to name a few.
For more information about telehealth call the Regional Telehealth Coordinator at 1-709-884-4282
For more information on the Provincial Telehealth Program please visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) at https://www.nlchi.nl.ca