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Virtual Wards

At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, we are working with our Place partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) and the Integrated Care Board (ICB) to deliver an integrated virtual ward service for the Central Lancashire population.

Virtual wards are one of the innovative ways that the NHS is looking at helping patients access the care they need quickly, safely and conveniently.

Virtual wards were used successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide additional capacity to hospital beds, enabling more people to receive the care they need.

Virtual wards can help prevent admission to hospital or allow for an earlier, supported discharge that enables people to recover from their illness and receive the care they need, all from the comfort of their own home.

Virtual wards offer patients more choice about where they would like to receive their care. Rather than being in hospital, patients remain under the care of the hospital and are carefully monitored remotely by the virtual ward team using state of the art technology and equipment.

The NHS is now increasingly expanding the availability of virtual wards for people with a range of with acute care needs including respiratory infection and people living with frailty.

By being in their own home, people are supported to be as independent as possible, helping to avoid the level of deconditioning sometimes seen in a hospital environment.

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Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Preston Road



01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane




01772 716565

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