Virtual wards

Virtual wards (also known as hospital at home) allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital.

The NHS is increasingly introducing virtual wards to support people at the place they call home, including care homes.

Latest publications

Guidance note: virtual ward care for people with heart failure

This guidance sets out the minimum requirement for the care of people with heart failure on a virtual ward. It supports implementation led by integrated care boards and delivery by appropriate providers as they begin to explore and test virtual ward care as an additional or complementary service model for people with heart failure care…

Latest news

One-year waits reduce for patients as record demand for NHS emergency care continues

NHS staff are managing record demand across emergency care ahead of winter, with new data showing Type 1 A&Es and ambulance services experienced their busiest month this year in October. New data published today shows more than 2.2 million people attended A&Es last month (2,219,618), making it the busiest October on record, and the busiest […]