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An Oxford University professor has praised both the healthcare and the hospitality in Stornoway, during a visit to the islands today (Wednesday November 27th).

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh is on a fact-finding visit to the Highlands and Islands, reviewing how remote consulting works in locations where not all specialisms are available on-site.

Yesterday she spent the day at Western Isles Hospital, conducting interviews with clinical staff, managers and patients and experiencing for herself the remote consultation process.

After her mock ‘consultation’ she posted a photograph of herself and tweeted: “Having a lot of fun seeing hi-tech remote medicine in Stornoway. Here’s me (patient) being seen remotely by doctor via robot (whose name is Beam).”

But she was also impressed with other aspects of the ‘lovely, friendly’ hospital, noting during her visit the experience of her tea-break: “Large trolley wheeled in with fresh-baked scones (3 each!), jam, cream, caramel cookies, walnut cake. This is because professor from Oxford was coming. We all sit down with the last patient and his wife. Cream everywhere (it gets slapped on thick). Very jolly atmosphere. Patients and staff sitting eating and laughing. Leftovers are going to be taken to outpatients for staff there.”

Professor Greenhalgh has also visited Inverness.

She’s pictured here during her ‘consultation’ in Stornoway yesterday.