We’re proud to be the tech supplier for one of the biggest virtual ward rollouts in England. Working in partnership with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB, this partnership will see 16 digital pathways launched. The project will support over a million patients to access brilliant healthcare at home, using virtual wards and remote monitoring powered by Clinitouch.
Here we’ll share the latest news and updates as the project goes live. For more information about the project, or to connect to the clinical team involved, please get in touch here.
Clinitouch and LLR's project to scale up the virtual ward service across the region was recognised at the prestigious 2023 HSJ Digital Awards! Taking home the 'Replicating Digital Best Practice' Award, this highlights our efforts to take learnings from our years of partnership and use them to build a larger virtual ward service that can help many more people, across a huge range of conditions. Huge well done to all involved!
The ambulatory jaundice virtual ward with LLR launched earlier this year. This virtual ward is for patients with jaundice and related conditions who are either waiting for a scan or a surgical procedure within 1-2 weeks.
This service is monitored by the CHUGGS (Cancer, Haematology, Urology, Gastroenterology and General Surgery) team. The CHUGGS team remotely monitor the patients who answer questions using Clinitouch. Examples include how they are feeling, any abdominal pain, bowel movements, appetite, and fluid intake. Patients are also asked to take clinical observations including blood pressure, pulse rate and weight.
“The "Ambulatory Jaundice Pathway" offers fast-track assessment of patients presenting with jaundice whilst avoiding the need for admission.”
Pathway run by Professor Garcea (Consultant HPB Surgeon), Mr Eyad Issa (Consultant HPB Surgeon) and Sister Daniela Cruz (HPB Acute Ward Sister).
Learn more about how this live virtual ward works here.
Our pneumonia virtual ward has been up and running for a few months and we are thrilled to see that it’s making a difference to patient lives. The service was covered in two Leicester Mercury articles this month, from both a clinician point of view and a real patient story fromAndrew who has recently used the virtual ward.
Leanne, Lead Nurse on the pneumonia team comments: “Patients want to be at home. They want to be with their loved ones, not having restrictions on what they can do and eat and watch on TV. They can have their comfort while still getting the support they need.”
Read Leicester Mercury’s article about how the virtual ward works.
Andrew comments: “I think it’s the way forward. If people can get out of hospital earlier but still be monitored from home, that’s good. People can be discharged from hospital a day or two earlier with the reassurance they are being monitored. I thought it was a brilliant idea.”
Read Leicester Mercury’s article about Andrew’s experience.
March was a busy month for the LLR team, also launching the colorectal cancer virtual! Using Clinitouch, the healthcare team can monitor up to 32 patients per month to reduce the chance of re-admission following a successful surgery.
It's been a busy start to the year with both ambulatory jaundice and diabetes pathways going live! Both pathways help to get patients home sooner and reduce the risk of re-admission. Patients answer tailored questions using our remote monitoring platform, Clinitouch.
Whilst ambulatory jaundice is a brand-new virtual ward service, diabetes have switched from a virtual ward using paper, to a tech-enabled virtual ward. This will help them to manage their caseloads more effectively and gives them a better holistic view of the patients' health.
We have more pathways launching soon, including colorectal cancer. The team at LLR are almost ready to mobilise and have been fully trained on how to use the platform, onboard patients and remotely monitor their condition. Watch this space!
This brand-new virtual ward will allow patients diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia to continue their treatment and recovery from home whilst being monitored by their healthcare team.
Patients will answer a set of bespoke questions for this condition on Clinitouch. They will be provided with Bluetooth enabled blood pressure monitor, thermometer and pulse oximeter to take observations.
The healthcare team will monitor the data from the patient on Clinitouch. Monitoring will include looking at observations and other signs such as cough, sputum production, pain, breathlessness, antibiotic tolerance and urine output.
Our new virtual ward has launched in Leicestershire to provide a supported discharge service for people following a hospital admission for asthma.
The virtual ward will enable patients admitted to hospital with an exacerbation of their asthma to be safely discharged to continue their treatment from home. Patients will complete daily health questions and peak flow readings using our Clinitouch remote monitoring app, all under the care of healthcare professionals.
Patients will be asked to report on a number of symptoms, including how their breathing is and whether their asthma affected their sleep. Questions also include inhaler use, how controlled they feel their asthma is and about their asthma action plan. This data is then shared in real-time with the clinical team, allowing them to act swiftly and provide further face-to-face intervention if the patient’s health shows signs of deterioration.
The virtual ward is designed to reduce the risk of re-admission and to improve the experience of people living with asthma.The first of the Clinitouch kits for the new pathway were hand delivered to Aleesha and the clinical team earlier this month. Patients are already using the new technology to better manage their asthma from the comfort of their own home.
Members of our delivery and engagement teams visited Glenfield Hospital in Leicester today (1st November) to showcase our new Clinitouch app.
The event was a chance for frontline clinicians and healthcare professionals to meet our team and ask questions about the technology. The drop-in session supports the online training, helping to boost engagement amongst clinicians.
Since announcing the partnership project this summer, work has been underway for several months to prepare for launch.
We’ve worked closely with healthcare teams across 16 different clinical areas to co-design digitised pathways that enable brilliant care at home. Many of the virtual wards are now in the final stages of clinical sign off, including asthma, heart failure, colorectal surgery, ambulatory jaundice and pneumonia.
Meanwhile, our service delivery teams have been busy ensuring everything is in place for launch. They’ve supported everything from the standard operating procedures (SOPs), to governance and data. We’ve also begun to build our exclusive Clinitouch patient kits. These have everything the patient needs to use the technology, including tablets, peripherals and user guides.
Pioneering partnership begins as LLR ICS launches 16 digital pathways! We are proud to be part of a pioneering new partnership, as we announce the implementation of 16 digital pathways across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care System (LLR ICS). In total, the ambitious project will see over one million patients across the region have access to treatment and support remotely through our Clinitouch app.