The diabetes virtual ward in Leicester is for adults with any type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It provides remote support and follow-up for people with diabetes seen in general practice, emergency departments or who have been an inpatient at a Leicester hospital. Reasons people are seen include hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, newly diagnosed, poor glycaemic control and lower limb complications.
To establish good glucose control, patients are reviewed at either a repeat visit or have to stay in hospital. Now, a technology-enabled virtual ward using Clinitouch, a remote patient monitoring platform, allows patients to be safely discharged and monitored at home.
Dr Noel O’Kelly - Medical Director at Spirit Health comments:
“A diabetes virtual ward, enabled by technology, gives patients a choice with regards to their care.
"Patients opting for the virtual ward can be monitored in the comfort of their own home and receive the support they need from a specialist diabetic nurse.”