GP practices spend 10h per week on care home ward rounds, finds Pulse survey
NHS England has been asking GP practices to undertake virtual ward rounds in care homes since May, and a survey by Pulse has found that many practices are finding that these are very time-consuming.
In contrast, some practices are not spending any time on undertaking these as they feel they are already providing adequate care. However, from October GP practices signed up to the primary care network DES, will be required to undertake weekly ward rounds. This obligation will also include the need to undertake remote monitoring such as oxygen saturations.
The contrast between some practices spending more than 10 hours and others refusing to undertake these ward rounds demonstrates the need to make them as efficient and comprehensive as possible.
Have a look at this video from Arc which details how to use state-of-the-art equipment to fully examine patients remotely in virtual wards (including an integrated stethoscope and pulse oximeter).