Virtual wards allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital. The main aim of them is to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and to keep the patient in their familiar safe and comfortable environment to aid their recovery.
We have virtual wards for patients requiring medical assistance for conditions such as respiratory, COVID treatment, end of life care and treatment for frail patients.
Virtual wards provide hospital level care and enable healthcare professionals to provide support and treatment to eligible people in their own homes, who would otherwise be in a hospital bed.
This enables people to stay in their own home, where they are comfortable, or continue their treatment at home after a stay in hospital.
Research has shown virtual wards improve patients’ outcomes, as well as the flow of patients through the wider health and care system by helping to prevent avoidable admissions into hospital and support safe and timely discharges.
In a virtual ward, new technologies including wearable devices, smart devices, oxygen and blood pressure monitors provide real-time information through apps on a patient’s vital signs to a dedicated remote team of healthcare professionals.
The technology enables healthcare professionals to monitor their condition and be able to direct care and support, either virtually or face to face if and when needed.