RNOH Stanmore leads the way in providing 'Care-at-Home' services for patients by appointing MediHome
21 March 07: The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) at Stanmore has taken an imaginative and innovative step towards improving patient care by appointing MediHome to provide 'Care-at-Home' type services. The RNOH is one of the first UK hospitals to take advantage of such a service by allowing some patients to complete their recovery at home. Sheila Puckett, the RNOH's Director of Operations and Service Improvement, observes - "There is no doubt that patients recover more quickly when in the comfort of their own home and supported by friends and family. Familiar surroundings, normal sleep patterns and their own food, all combine to speed recovery and the sense of well being. MediHome will provide all the post-operative care including physiotherapy, intravenous drips and replacing dressings. The big plus is that the patient will continue to remain the responsibility of the RNOH." Mark Lomax, Managing Director and founder of the UK based company MediHome explains - "Other countries, notably Australia and the USA, have been at the forefront of caring for post-operative patients at home for many years and have developed the technology, processes and systems to make this not only viable, but economically beneficial to all parties. Sleep and appetite are improved and patients also tend to experience less pain when in the familiar and comfortable surroundings of their own home." Using the experience of these other countries MediHome has developed a range of 'Care-at-Home' services, based on the best international practices with all the quality controls and clinical standards expected in the UK. Beyond speeding the patient's recovery to full fitness the RNOH benefits by reduced waiting lists and freeing up much needed beds. Doctors are able to continually monitor the patient's condition through a secure Internet connection linked to MediHome's electronic patient record system. MediHome provides experienced competent nursing which delivers confidence to the patient, the doctor and the hospital and is therefore a key ingredient to the successful delivery of 'Care-at-Home' type services. Mark adds - "MediHome Nurses need to be highly experienced, self-motivated and with lots of initiative. The role is challenging and for the individual it is an opportunity to run their own virtual ward and take on more personal responsibility. Our nurses gain valuable front line experience which inevitably will enhance their career development." Sheila Puckett concludes - "Preliminary evidence conclusively proves the value of caring for post-operative patients in their own home. This innovative approach by RNOH and MediHome will speed the recovery of patients, give us more flexibility over the services we provide and reduce our costs."