Method of patient consultation

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This section is based on the Method of Patient Consultation section of the Rapid Evidence Review.

No validated method of measuring breathlessness via tele- or video consultations has been identified. A recommendation based on the consensus of 50 clinicians advises against using the Roth test60.

Questions like those in the COVID-19 Scottish Primary Care Hub Triage Guide can be asked. 

Smartphone apps should not be used as oximeters61.

Remote consulting - Near Me (Attend Anywhere)

Near Me is a web-based video consulting service that enables people to have health and social care appointments from home or wherever is convenient. All that is needed by each participant is the Chrome or Safari web browsers on a device for making video calls like a smartphone or laptop and an internet connection. Near Me is a secure form of video consulting approved for use by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

For guidance on implementing Near Me visit

Further information and training videos available at NHS Scotland National Video Conferencing Service.

Find out more about Remote Consulting, including Telephone Triage.

To support members of the public to find out more about Near Me visit