“The NHS is being urged to relieve the pressure on hard-pressed hospitals by treating thousands of patients in “virtual wards” – at home, with regular visits from health staff replacing long stays on wards.
The service could create 5,800 “virtual beds” in people’s homes to help hospitals cope with bed shortages and overcrowded A&E units deal with patients arriving as emergencies, a new report says.
A few hospitals have begun treating certain types of patients this way in an effort to provide a patient-friendly response to growing demand at a time when NHS budgets are tight. In some places up to 35 patients a week, whom doctors agree do not need to be kept in hospital, are being cared for this way…..”
Things must be getting really desperate when advice of this nature is given without trial. What record of skills and training in telephone triage do the hospital and community staff have for this change. I happen to think its a good idea but implementation seems risky ++
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. Franz Kafka. The great Wall of China: Aphorisms 1917-19, 1941.