Norwich's new Virtual Ward is up and running - helping more patients to remain safe and well at home, rather than need a hospital bed.
It is run by expert nurses and therapists from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) and is a major part of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group’s YourNorwich programme, to develop and integrate health and care in the community.
Since December, more than 100 patients who were medically stable have been discharged early from hospital and were able to return home, or referred to the virtual ward by their GP rather than needing to go into a hospital.
Once home, they have been looked after by the specialist team of nurses and therapists, usually for between 3-5 days. The patients have received the same level of care and monitoring that they would have received in hospital, which is why it is called a ‘virtual ward’.