Technological advances must be done in tandem with resilient connectivity, says rural MSP
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed the news that patients in Stranraer are set to benefit from investment in a new state of the art eye scanner.
The ophthalmology scanner went online last week at the Galloway Community Hospital last week, sparing hundreds of patients the lengthy trips they have to make to Dumfries currently.
The scanner will provide eye examinations at the Galloway Community Hospital, ensuring patients can be seen closer to their homes.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says this is a step forward in ensuring patients in the west of his constituency enjoy the same level of care as those in Dumfries.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is a very welcome development and a step in the right direction in ensuring patients in Stranraer and across Wigtownshire have access to levels of care equitable with elsewhere in the region.
“Investment in state of the art technology will provide patients with a better standard of treatment when it comes to eye examinations, so I look forward to seeing the positive impact on patients in Wigtownshire.
“Saving them from travelling across the treacherous A75 and having the service on their doorstep is a positive step in the right direction.”
However, Mr Carson added that with the new technology being introduced, robust connectivity must be in place to avoid the broadband issues still affecting the GP practice in Wigtown.
Mr Carson added: “While technological advancements are welcome across our rural health services, they must be done in tandem with resilient connectivity being in place.
“We have seen the effects connectivity problems can have, with the issues that have been occurring at the GP practice in Wigtown.
“To ensure patients will always receive the highest standards of care, back up plans must be in place, if problems with technology do arise.”