Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime for consultations is fine, NHS tells doctors as it ramps up video conferencing

The NHS is speeding up the roll-out of video-consultation services to doctors in a bid to reduce face-to-face contact with patients during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The UK’s health service said it was essential to reduce contact to protect patients and staff, and to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection. As most people are now staying at home , the NHS also needs to support doctors to care for people remotely.