The EHCH team has the capacity to visit care homes between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and the Care homes can access clinical advice and guidance from SPCL between 8am and 10pm 7days per week, including Bank Holidays.
We ask homes to directly contact the team if they have clinical concerns regarding any of their residents. Or GP practices can contact us to request visits or extra support.
The EHCH team are currently supporting the Delayed Transfer of Care (DTOC) Pilot, aimed at reducing the length of time residents are in Hospital by supporting resident with clinical monitoring when discharged back to care their home. The project has identified the importance of providing an increased level of clinical support and monitoring for residents who become unwell and are receiving treatment. The team can provide advice and guidance to both the residents and care staff to manage symptoms to avoid further deterioration and hospital admission.
Both the DTOC and EHCH team are using telemedicine to assist with monitoring and reviewing residents in care homes. Each Blue Box contains a digital tablet holding either an individual’s details or an entire caseload. The tablet is linked to blue tooth enabled clinical equipment for measuring Blood pressure, Pulse, Oxygen levels, Respiratory Rate and temperatures. This information is uploaded to the resident’s own health record, both the care home and the Clinicians can view the results and detect early and subtle changes which alongside a general assessment, and discussion with care staff often resulting in early intervention, which can often prevent further deterioration.