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Care homes use video conferencing to avoid hospital admissions

New live video conferencing technology is being installed at care homes across Nottingham in a bid to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for elderly residents.
The technology – introduced by NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – allows care home staff to hold live video conferences with health staff and seek advice when they are concerned about residents.
The project was introduced in ten homes last year, including The Oaks in St Ann’s, after the CCG was declared a vanguard site for ‘Enhanced Health in Care Homes’ in March 2015.
The status means the CCG can access national funding to deliver older people better, joined-up health and care services. As part of this, the CCG was given £300,000 last year to improve care homes and it is due to receive the same again this year.
The launch of the video conferencing project cost £152,000 and the CCG is set to invest a further £45,000 into it this year, meaning the technology can be installed into a further 15 care homes.
Sally Seeley, director of quality and personalisation at NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “We know that unnecessary hospital attendances not only place more strain on emergency services, but also can be harmful to frail older people who can lose mobility and confidence after even a relatively short stay in hospital.
“When staff are concerned about a patient in a care home they will often call an ambulance to be on the safe side. But when provided with the right clinical advice at the right time they can be supported to make informed decisions. In genuine medical emergencies the system helps to provide paramedics and hospital staff with vital information even before the patient is admitted.
“We are really excited about the healthcare benefits of assistive technology and welcome the national investment that will help us harness new ways of providing even better care for local people.”
Caroline Shaw, chief operating officer for Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, said: “We very much support technological advancements in the care home sector that help residents to stay in the comfort of their homes to receive clinical advice, avoiding unnecessary trips to emergency departments and urgent care facilities.”

Source Nottingham Post