What is it?
The Acute Care at Home service is a “virtual ward” concept currently consisting of 19 experienced registered nurses.
They offer advanced nursing care and support to patients in their own homes in order to prevent admission to, or facilitate discharge from, hospital.
The service operates from 8 am until 10 pm seven days a week.
Types of condition that can be managed by the team
- Chest conditions such as COPD, chest infections, pneumonia, PE
- Heart monitoring e.g. AF, heart failure (ECG’s available on request)
- Intravenous fluid replacement
- Short term provision of nebuliser therapy for exacerbation of respiratory complaints
- Monitoring and assessment of patients who require oxygen therapy
- Treatment of post-operative patients requiring IV antibiotic therapy
- Blood transfusions for those patients who are housebound
NB. Any condition would be considered, so if you are unsure please feel free to contact us in order to discuss any potential referrals.
The team is skilled to provide intensive nursing support at home - e.g.
- Cardiovascular and respiratory examination
- I.V therapy, including antibiotics, anti-emetics and diuretics.
- Management of midlines, PICC and other central lines / implanted ports
- Cannulation and phlebotomy
- Blood sampling where results may be required urgently in order to guide or instigate a particular treatment plan
Nurses will also liaise with the multidisciplinary team such as GP’s, DN’s, Community Matrons, Social Services / EIS
Who can refer?
Referrals can be received from:
- Acute and community hospitals
- Other community professionals such as:
- Acute GP Service / ambulatory care
- Serco out of hours service
- Community matrons
- Community nurses
- Early Intervention Service staff
- Other allied health professionals
The GP needs to have assessed community patients within 24 hrs of referral and be prepared to maintain medical responsibility whilst the patient is treated in the community by the team. Or, in the case of out of hours until the patient’s own GP is available.
Advantages of using the service
- The patient’s recovery rate is improved by being in their own environment particularly for the elderly and confused
- Patient satisfaction
- Social support networks are maintained
- Holistic assessment in the patients’ own environment
Where We Are
Central & West Team
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill, Truro
Cornwall, TR1 2JA
Tel: 01872 221415
East & North Team
St Barnabas Hospital
Higher Port View
Tel: 01752 679017