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How technology is supporting people with coronavirus to recover at home with oxygen therapy
10 August 2020

Technology supporting people with coronavirus to recover at home with oxygen therapy

Patients who are recovering from COVID-19 and need ongoing oxygen therapy can now be cared for at home rather than in hospital, thanks to remote health monitoring via special devices.

A partnership between Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) sees patients who are recovering from coronavirus discharged from hospital to the care of specialist community services with an electronic device that remotely tracks their vital signs and ensures they are in touch with a clinician at all times.

It means that patients are able to return home faster and recover with their families, rather than remaining in hospital.

This new approach has been piloted with a handful of patients from BSUH as part of the Hospital@Home partnership programme run by both NHS trusts.

Marcello Rossi, SCFT’s Clinical Lead Nurse for Hospital@Home, said: “We know that a certain number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 need ongoing oxygen therapy as part of their recovery, even after they are over the worst of the illness. As a team we have worked with BSUH to develop this exciting pilot that will speed up the discharge of some patients who still require ongoing oxygen treatment.

 “We are constantly in touch with patients and receive live information about their health, including oxygen levels, via these devices.”

Megan Ryrie, Operational Lead for Hospital@Home, added: “This is very exciting for both trusts. It is such a modern way of working and creates much more capacity for both trusts.”

Carolyn Morrice, Chief Nurse at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “This is a great example of collaborative working which enables us to continue to deliver great care to patients outside of the hospital setting. This innovative way of working means patients can continue their recovery at home and be with their families, which we know aids patient recovery.”

Established in 2016, Hospital@Home delivers nursing and therapy care to patients in the community, freeing up capacity within hospitals to care for people with the greatest need for a hospital bed.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the largest provider of community NHS health care across Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, High Weald Lewes and Havens and West Sussex.