Patients give five stars to new Covid-19 home treatment

A new home treatment for Covid-19 has been a hit with patients in Wiltshire, Swindon, North East Somerset and Bath.

The initiative is making the most of digital technology to track patients’ progress, but only those considered to be most at risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, such as those aged over 65, pregnant women and people with learning difficulties. disability, are offered the new home service.

So far, hundreds of people across the region have received Covid-19 treatment remotely via the ‘@Home’ oximetry service, which monitors the oxygen levels of clinically vulnerable patients via mobile.

According to NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group; “Data collected is sent to clinical teams for review, who then contact patients if there are any concerns about oxygen levels.

“Ninety-seven percent of the 157 patients who used Oximetry @Home in December 2021 said they would rate their experience five out of five stars, with the remaining three percent giving four stars.”

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director, said: “When it comes to Covid-19, we know that staying home is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus, so this new service which allows us of caring for people in their own homes is just the ticket.

“Not only does [email protected] allow us to keep our beds reserved for the sickest Covid-19 patients, but it also helps to reduce the number of coronavirus positive patients entering our hospitals, who could potentially transmit the virus to staff and d other patients.

“Of course, the biggest benefit is that patients can stay in the comfort of their own home, and to hear that so many people have had a positive experience with the service so far is just fantastic.”

A recipient of Oximetry @Home described the service as amazing and said it proved to be a lifeline to the outside world when her husband, who also had Covid19, was admitted to hospital.

She said: “I don’t know what I would have done without her. The daily phone call was like a ray of sunshine, and I looked forward to it so I could talk to someone and feel reassured.

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