Virtual wards can accelerate patient flow through hospitals

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Offering GP's a 'step-up' facility to refer on to

What are virtual wards?

The virtual ward is an innovative service that helps support and monitor patients at home who would otherwise be in hospital.

Defined by NHS England and NHS Improvement as ‘‘a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care that is enabled by technology. Virtual wards support patients who would otherwise be in hospital to receive the acute care, monitoring, and treatment they need in their own home. This includes either preventing avoidable admissions into hospital or supporting early discharge out of hospital.’

Docobo’s technology supports NHS clients by enabling patients to be cared for in their preferred location, which can enhance integrated health and social care and promote multidisciplinary team working.

Docobo provides an encompassing solution for virtual wards

Docobo works with NHS clients to support their virtual ward requirements, successfully implementing virtual wards for:

  • Covid-19
  • Respiratory (COPD, asthma)
  • Paediatrics
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure
  • Frailty
  • Palliative

and are now in the process of implementing virtual wards for cellulitis, diabetes, pain & UTI.

Consultants assess patient risk to establish if it is safe to monitor from home. The patient can then be physically discharged to their home environment, yet their care and clinical responsibility remains with the consultant/ hospital until clinical discharge (typically, this is 10-14 days as an average).

Virtual wards are also a ‘step-up’ for GPs to refer to, creating the opportunity for primary care to continue monitoring post-discharge from the virtual ward.

With all Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) being tasked to create virtual wards in the coming years, Docobo has used its remote monitoring expertise to support these changes.

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