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COVID-19 virtual wards (NHS care at home)

The COVID Oximetry at Home Pathway

What is a COVID virtual ward?

The COVID virtual ward describes an enhanced package of monitoring (of symptoms and oxygen saturations) for patients with confirmed/ suspected COVID-19 who are at risk of future deterioration/ admission, provided within a patient’s own home (or usual residence) overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) from either the community or hospital.

Is there national guidance available?

Visit the NHS England website here for further information.

What is the national AHSN Network response?

The AHSN Network have convened a rapid learning and sharing network to support the pilot sites, and the development of a COVID virtual ward toolkit available on the FutureNHS collaboration platform.

If you currently have access to this platform, log on and click on ‘My Workspaces’, then ‘Find a Workspace’ and search for ‘National Patient Deterioration Forum’. Once access is granted, click on the ‘COVID 19 Virtual Ward Toolkit’.

For those not on FutureNHS, you can register if you have an NHS email address.  Register for an account here (using your NHS email address) and request access to the National Patient Deterioration Forum. Once access is granted, click on the link in the forum for COVID 19 Virtual Ward Toolkit.

Our colleagues in Oxford AHSN recently hosted a webinar sharing examples of innovative ways to assess and manage patients with suspected COVID-19 in the community. You can watch a recording of the webinar below. It was chaired by Meghana Pandit, Medical Director of Oxford University Hospitals with colleague Andrew Brent who is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases & General Internal Medicine. The webinar included contributions from Matt Inada-Kim, Lalitha Iyer, Andy Walden, Dan Lasserson and Trish Greenhalgh, exploring the key emerging themes around virtual wards.

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