HOSPITALS in the South West of England are linking together using a video conferencing system to share medical expertise and minimise travel and disruption for patients. The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has installed a Radvision SCOPIA XT1000 system to allow video-conferencing with the Royal Cornwall and Royal Devon and Exeter hospitals, with hospitals in Torbay and Swindon expected to be connected later this year as the system is rolled out. Dr Andy Tometzki, consultant paediatric and foetal cardiologist at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are always looking to deliver better and more efficient patient care. This video conferencing equipment delivers unprecedented diagnostic quality images. Rapid remote assessment helps to reduce the intense anxiety of the family who would otherwise have stressful and long journey to and from Bristol."