An NHS trust in Leicester is using a virtual ward for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Utilising remote patient monitoring through the Clinitouch platform to safely discharge patients from the hospital and monitor them at home.
The virtual ward was put in place after the success of remote patient monitoring of COPD patients in the community, as well as the COVID-19 virtual ward. The trust realised that this approach could also be applied to COPD patients admitted to hospital with an exacerbation of their COPD and that they could be safely discharged and recover at home.
Dr Noel O’Kelly - Medical Director at Spirit Health, comments:
“Good evidence has shown that COPD patients can be safely and effectively managed at home through remote monitoring.
"Especially as they require quick access to healthcare due to the variable nature of the condition.
"Recognising the benefits of assisted discharge and remote monitoring, the implementation of the COPD virtual ward helps to safely discharge patients and support their recovery at home.”