Pilot to help elderly patients up for prize

The virtual ward team
The virtual ward team
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A ‘virtual ward’ scheme set up in Sheffield to prevent patients being admitted to hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

The six-month pilot, launched by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, brought together a range of health workers including a GP, a matron, therapists and pharmacists to provide community support for frail, elderly people who might otherwise have been admitted to a ward or ended up in long-term care.

Nearly 60 patients attending Hackenthorpe and Mosborough Medical Centres took part in the study, all of whom had previously been admitted to hospital frequently because of ill-health – but had no admissions during the trial.

The project has been shortlisted in the Integrated Approaches to Care category at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London next month.