A recent feasibility assessment concluded that implementing Hospital at Home services would free up significant numbers of inpatient beds.
In September 2023 HomeLink Healthcare’s experienced clinicians spent two days with an NHS Trust. We discussed the Trust’s current challenges, and ‘walked the wards’ to identify opportunities to discharge patients. We carried out a detailed feasibility assessment across seven wards in surgery and medicine. These wards accommodated around a third of the hospital’s 700 beds.
Our team identified 25 patients from different specialties that could have been treated at home on a Virtual Ward.
The Trust’s OPAT team were taking patients on longer IV prescriptions, however any patient requiring short courses were kept on the ward even though they were medically stable and could be treated at home. This is causing bed blocking and could be alleviated with administration of IV therapy in the community. HomeLink Healthcare has been providing this type of service to other NHS Trusts since 2019.
NHS hospitals frequently run at above 95 percent bed occupancy levels which impacts on hospital flow. Our feasibility study highlights the impact that Hospital at Home services can have. HomeLink Healthcare Hospital at Home services:
As part of our consultative process, HomeLink Healthcare offer prospective clients a no-obligation, free feasibility assessment. The assessment provides a snapshot, at a given time, of the patients that could be treated at home. As a result, it provides a good indication of how many hospital beds could be freed up. The feasibility assessment helps prospective clients to build a business case for Hospital at Home services.
Find out more about HomeLink Healthcare’s Hospital at Home services and the process of commissioning HomeLink Healthcare to set up a hospital at home service.
To speak to a member of our team about our services or to book a free feasibility assessment, call us on (020) 3137 5370 or contact us.
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