During these unprecedented times, we are continuing to showcase the way we work and how are responding. The team in the Holdforth Unit, based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, are running a community hub for patients.
Staff are visiting patients in their own homes who would normally attend hospital to provide them with a range of treatment including delivery of asthma medication to high risk patients, catheter removals and changes and intravenous therapy.
The team are still caring for patients in the unit when appropriate.
Jaime Wheatley, deputy matron at the Holdforth Unit, said: “Many of our patients can get the treatment they need from their own living rooms – something which is a huge benefit at this time of self-isolation.
“The team has thought innovatively to create new pathways to help this happen.
“Patients who are not high risk can still visit the unit when this appropriate, in a safe environment where they can still maintain social distancing.”