The Covid virtual ward describes an enhanced package of monitoring (of symptoms and oxygen saturations) for patients at risk of future deterioration/admission, provided within a patient’s own home (or usual residence) overseen by a multidisciplinary team from either the community or hospital.
The diagram right gives a high level overview of the pathway and is featured in the national guidance.
There is an active discussion forum on FutureNHS where we have developed a toolkit, and sites from around the country are sharing their resources. We are beginning to see the evaluation of the pilot sites, including Slough and Reading in our region, and reports are again being shared on this forum. The report from University College London is available here.
To support the spread of these models of care, that have been piloted around the country, we hosted a webinar “Innovations in Covid-19 Patient Pathways”, which brought together examples of innovative ways to assess and manage patients in the community with suspected Covid-19 from around our region.
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