The official launch of the technology allowing for remote diagnosis at Canterbury Hospital.
TECHNOLOGY that is helping save critically ill babies around the state was officially launched at Canterbury Hospital last Thursday.
Canterbury completes the roll out of 96 hospitals in NSW to receive Vision for Life cameras - a joint initiative between children's charity, Variety and the NSW Government.
Three cameras were installed at Canterbury Hospital in the Emergency Department, the Children's Ward and the Special Care Nursery. The cameras allow images of critically ill children and newborn babies to be transmitted to paediatric and neonatal specialists at the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) centre.
Doctors at NETS can view the child in real time, provide a diagnosis and suggest treatment. They can also suggest transfer to other hospitals.
Gurinder Waraich, who had a placental abruption, was grateful the service was available at Canterbury Hospital when her daughter, Rableen, was born in July.
"I had internal bleeding and my daughter lost her supply of oxygen and nutrients," Mrs Waraich said.
"I was in a lot of pain but I was told they connected her to the camera so doctors at the newborn specialist centre could see her and recommend care. My daughter was transferred to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and then Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick. Now she is healthy and happy," she said.
Head of paediatrics at Canterbury Hospital, Dr Allan Kelly, said remote diagnosis of a child previously had to be done via telephone, without the ability to see the child being treated.
"The cameras have already assisted in the successful retrieval of children and babies from all three areas of the hospital," he said.