Tele-consultation is now an essential tool for physicians, but also nurses, or speech pathologists.
The little Isabella, five years old, met his speech therapist once a week this way since the beginning of the pandemic COVID-19.
“Isabella [is] a little girl who has had a surgery to repair a cleft palate. After that, she needed to learn or relearn how to speak,” says Lisa Massaro, a speech therapist at the Montreal children’s hospital, to TVA Nouvelles.
This passage in tele-consultation is appreciated by the parents of the little girl.
“We left early in the morning so as not to miss work. It was still an hour and a half in traffic,” says his father, Pascal Guérin.
“In addition, both parents can participate each time, it helps,” added her mother, Anna Radzioch.
The McGill university health Centre (MUHC), between the months of march and June, the tele-consultation have risen sharply.
“We certainly had more than 8000 meetings that have been made on the platform Zoom of Telehealth,” believes the deputy director of the partnerships bureau of the MUHC, Carole Lapierre.
The CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal, we can not say how many of tele-consultation have been carried out, but more than 80 departments use this service.
Thus, at the Notre-Dame hospital, it became essential for psychiatrists to join the patients who may be in distress.
“There are situations where one prefers the presence. Especially if we are very worried for the patient, we don’t want to miss anything. When it’s going relatively well, we know the patient, or that there is a relationship of trust that is established, Zoom, and the phone, that is very well,” explains Dr. François Lespérance.
Patients can gradually be seen in the clinic if the situation requires it, but the world of health care is expected to keep the tele-consultation for a long time.