Community nurses in Lothian await £1m mobile gadget boost

NURSES in Lothian could soon be kitted out with the latest mobile gadgets after a £1 million fund was made available by the Scottish Government.

The devices will be given to healthcare professionals who work in the community to enable them to access important information about their patients or update records electronically.

The technology was trialled in the Western Isles and proved a success, with community nurses saying they spend far less time carrying out administrative duties.

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They are now set to be rolled out across the country, after Health Secretary Alex Neil announced the establishment of the fund.

Mr Neil said: “Technology is invaluable for nurses who work in community settings and through this new fund they will be able to choose what device is best for them.

“This new fund will cut down nurses’ administration time.”