28 January 2014 - 4:07pm | posted by | 3 comments

Google Business View offers first virtual tour of an NHS hospital

Google Business View offers first virtual tour of an NHS hospitalGoogle Business View offers first virtual tour of an NHS hospital

A treatment centre has become the first NHS hospital to allow internet users to explore its rooms via the Google Business View tool.

The virtual tour aims to demystify the patient journey by allowing users to familiarise themselves with the operating theatres, consulting rooms, recovery wards, and waiting areas ahead of their appointments at the Devizes NHS Treatment Centre.

Independent healthcare provider Care UK worked with 360-degree virtual tour specialists Ideal Insight to create the tour.

Belinda Moore, group marketing director at Care UK said: “A visit to hospital can sometimes be stressful so it is important that our teams do everything that they can to make sure people are as calm and comfortable as possible".

"This virtual tour is very useful to patients who may be nervous about surgery by allowing them to familiarise themselves with the hospital layout and what certain medical equipment looks like before they visit for an appointment,” she adds.

The news follows the launch of an equivalent tour of Care UK's state-of-the-art Mill View care home in East Sussex last year. The healthcare provider claims that more virtual tours are scheduled for 2014.

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29 Jan 2014 - 04:18
jleav38696's picture

This is not the first NHS hospital to have a Google virtual Tour

East Surrey Hospital was the first in the UK and has had Google virtual tour since November 2012.

You can see the virtual tour at the link below with the date shown at the bottom of the tour. It was created by Google Trusted Photographer John Leaver of http://www.surreybusinessphotos.com

http://goo.gl/maps/PxiIp

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30 Jan 2014 - 11:53
Ideal Insight's picture

Hi Everyone!

Conducting the tour and working with Care UK was our absolute pleasure.

You may also view this link to the Mill View Care Home tour described in the article here: http://goo.gl/E0yhUH

To learn more about the service, and view some other examples of cool tours, please visit us at http://idealinsight.co.uk/

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1 Feb 2014 - 14:13
ahitch3's picture

wow what a cool tool! Just showd my mum and she loves it - never seen a care home wit a bloody cinema! Awesome!

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