The Royal College of Nursing Scotland is calling for new technology to improve patients’ access to healthcare.

It will tell members of Scottish parliament that health boards must make sure patients living in remote Scottish locations can see a healthcare professional when they need to.

It said this would ensure healthcare was designed to meet the needs of patients, moving away from concerns over professional boundaries between doctors and nurses.

RCN Scotland chair Eileen Frame said: “New technology must be invested in so that people living in remote and rural areas can be treated at home or in their local community rather than having to travel huge distances to be in hospital.”