MediHome enables treatment at home

by Susan Maxwell (Patient Governor)—There’s no doubt that when we are seriously ill we need the care and attention that a hospital stay provides. However, there are patients whose stay is longer than necessary simply because they continue to need a daily intravenously administered antibiotic or an infected wound dressed, or perhaps they require some physiotherapy. In such circumstances, most of us would rather recover at home than in hospital.

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Susan Maxwell, Patient Governor

E: susan.maxwell@chelwest.nhs.uk

There’s no doubt that when we are seriously ill we need the care and attention that a hospital stay provides. However, there are patients whose stay is longer than necessary simply because they continue to need a daily intravenously administered antibiotic or an infected wound dressed, or perhaps they require some physiotherapy. In such circumstances, most of us would rather recover at home than in hospital.

Jane Dobson was just such a patient. She was delighted that her consultant at Chelsea and Westminster considered her to be medically stable enough to be offered MediHome treatment. It was explained that she would still be under the consultant’s care, and her notes were still being seen by him daily.

Andrea Fernandes, Clinical Manager of MediHome at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, explained that the team consisted of registered nurses, physiotherapists and healthcare assistants. She arranged for me to visit Jane at home to witness how the system worked. On the day of my visit, nurse Sana Brereton was going to administer Jane’s treatment. She was being shadowed and helped by Franck Charrier who was new to the MediHome team.

Jane, who answered her own front door, gave permission for me to watch as both Sana and Franck worked in unison to treat her. They were both so gentle and kind, and all the while Jane chatted to me—expressing how thrilled she was to be at home. It was clear that she was receiving excellent treatment and that she was thriving.

Mark Lomax, Chief Executive and founder of MediHome, conceived the idea whilst he was an NHS doctor—realising the obvious benefits to the patient that receiving one-to-one treatment at home could have in assisting a quicker recovery.

The benefit extends to the family too—for instance, less stress is involved where patients have young children, and it has the added bonus that the family do not now have to travel to visit their loved one.

Having witnessed the attention lavished on Jane Dobson in her home, the highest praise I can bestow is to say that should I ever need such care I would be more than happy to have this excellent team visit me at home.

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