NHS Home Dialysis

At a Glance

  • Provides freedom for patients to self-treat at home
  • Allows medical staff supervise via video and voice
  • Reduces hospital visits, saving time and money
  • Captures electronic data to improve healthcare outcomes

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Home Dialysis by Video Empowers Patients

A patient's wellness is often as simple as giving them some level of control over their treatment. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Imerja Limited, has teamed up with Polycom to provide regional, home dialysis treatment for patients in Lancashire, South Cumbria, United Kingdom, and the surrounding rural area for up to 100 miles.

Independence and increased quality of life are just two of the many benefits for patients, explains Scott Rayner, Renal IT manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. "It allows a patient to stay where they are and have the ability to speak to a nurse or healthcare professional at the end of the video screen," he said.

The process starts with the staff teaching the patient proper techniques in person. The patient is then educated on the video system and asked to practice self-dialysis at the facility, until they are ready to begin at home.

At that stage, nurses can ease the transition, assisting by voice and video. Medical personnel supervise remotely and have the ability to zoom in on procedures and provide the highest level of expertise. "It's like being in the room with them," claims John Slater, home dialysis patient.

"That first three months is helping with the step-down approach," says Tracy Barry, home therapy manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. "It also avoids repeat admissions back to the hospital."

During each procedure, because the patient is being monitored electronically, data are constantly being captured and recorded. This provides a steady stream of valuable information for better patient care and greater learning.

The greatest benefit, though, rests with the dialysis patients and their family in the rural counties who can now significantly reduce hospital visits and travel time.  "I can do it in the morning, the evening, and on the weekends," explains Slater. "This gives me the independence and freedom that I like."

Learn more about Video-as-a-Service here.

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