In Somerset, we’re working with health and care partners to develop a new Hospital@Home programme (also known as virtual wards) to care for patients at home safely, rather than being in hospital.
A virtual ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care that is enhanced by technology. It supports patients to remain at home who would otherwise be in hospital to receive the acute care, monitoring and treatment that they need.
This includes either preventing avoidable admissions into hospital or supporting early discharge out of hospital. The service can help patients to complete their treatment or be monitored prior to surgery from the comfort of their own home.
People who are cared for through Hospital@Home are regularly reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team made up of experienced clinicians such as consultants, nurses, therapists and experienced healthcare workers to ensure they receive the highest levels of care.
Hospital@Home works in partnership with other healthcare services, such as primary care, social care, other NHS community teams, SWAST and NHS111.