YouTube is a Website, which allows both viewing and posting of home video clips. All net lovers acclaimed it the invention of the year 2006. Experts from diverse fields have put this novel invention to all possible uses.
A medical practice in rural Wales has started using the website to get across health advice to patients. Last year a video clipping on how to use an asthma inhaler properly was launched on the website.
Builth and Llanwrtyd Medical Practice has posted a number of short films made by the doctors to offer health advice on current issues so that people can avoid having to travel to see a doctor for minor matters.
The effective use of asthma inhalers, smear testing, blood sugar testing , winter flu vaccination and cervical screening are among the videos included so far.
The practice has 7,700 patients over an area of 500 square miles and intends to add videos on new topics every month. Doctors said they aimed to educate a wider audience.
The videos are also available at the practice's own website and can also be downloaded onto an MP3 player.
Dr Richard Walters who pioneered the project says, ‘There are a lot of things that we do in a GP practice that have to be conveyed to patients, some of which are not easy to demonstrate within the surgery.
‘Sometimes getting patients to watch a quick video on the computer screen is a lot easier.’
He added: ‘We are a practice in rural mid Wales, shops in Hereford and Aberystwyth are an hour away, Cardiff an hour-and-a-half, so although broadband access is not ideal, people tend to use the internet for all sorts of things.’