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Healthy communities: virtual ward easing acute hospital pressure

Pictured: Respiratory service trainee advanced clinical practitioner visits Catherine Stubbs-Parker at home.

Catherine Stubbs-Parker is just one of hundreds of patients who has benefited from receiving care in a virtual ward.

Catherine, 78 and from Harborne, was cared for on the respiratory virtual ward for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after an exacerbation of the condition led to a stay at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Catherine, whose husband was also in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital recovering from a heart operation at the same time, jumped at the chance to go home under the care of a virtual ward.

The next day, a specialist physiotherapist visited Catherine’s home and provided respiratory assessment and management, ensuring she had everything she needed to continue her daily treatment and monitoring at home.

She also had a short-term nebuliser and an oxygen concentrator which she used for several hours a day.

“He visited me at home for an initial review the day after I left hospital. His reassuring attitude gave me the confidence I needed to continue my treatment in the virtual ward. He not only checked that I had everything I needed, but that I understood how to use it.

“I felt well-informed, which in turn eased my stress. The key benefits for me were that I like to be at home with my husband and we have our daily routine. Nobody wants to stay in hospital if they don’t need to.

“Being able to have a cup of tea and dinner in the comfort of my own home, while knowing that the care team are just a phone call away if I need them is very reassuring.”

David Disleyjones

Communications Manager
Communications Team

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