NHS @home

NHS @home is an approach to providing better connected, more personalised care in people’s homes including care homes. It aims to ensure people have faster access to more appropriate and targeted care, without necessarily having to attend emergency care or arrange GP appointments.

NHS @home builds upon what we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to maximise the use of technology to support more people to better self-manage their health and care at home. This provides more convenient, high quality and timely alternatives to face to face care, where this works for the individual, and when clinically appropriate.

COVID oximetry @home

This service supports people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus and are most at risk of becoming seriously unwell. People are given pulse oximeters to monitor their oxygen levels at home.

Virtual wards

Virtual wards allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital. Guidance for acute respiratory infection (ARI) virtual wards is available, which includes COVID patients.

Blood pressure monitoring @home

Also known as home blood pressure monitoring. This service enables people to measure and share their blood pressure readings with their GP from their home.

Acute respiratory infection hubs

Acute respiratory infection hubs (formerly Respiratory clinical assessment service (RCAS) hubs) can support systems to manage a rise in respiratory infections (eg Covid-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other infections) this winter.

Other current projects include managing Heart Failure @home, Lung Health @home and Long Term Conditions Care @home. For more information about any of these projects, email the team or visit FutureNHS (health and care professionals only and requires a log in).