Hospital at Home in Greater Manchester

Information for healthcare professionals about virtual wards

What is Hospital at Home?

Hospital at Home, sometimes known as a virtual ward, is an innovative new service which enables the same provision of expert care and treatment patients would expect in a hospital with all the comfort of home. We know patients who are supported through an acute illness recover more quickly in their own homes, with less chance of; deconditioning, falls and hospital acquired infection, and more chance of staying connected to their communities and carers.

Why Hospital at Home?

Across Greater Manchester, we have done extensive work with patient groups and carers. They have told us they found going to hospital, or caring for someone who is in hospital, stressful, frightening or just inconvenient. This service provides monitoring and treatment to support patients to remain at home safely.

What can I tell my patients about the service?

Hospital at Home is a way of clinical teams treating and supporting patients with acute illness, but enabling them to recover at home. They will receive regular contact and have someone to call at any time if they are worried or need further support. They will be able to access and receive the same level of care as if they were on a hospital ward.

Information for patients, families and carers can be found at 

Resources for healthcare professionals in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is leading the way on this important national service improvement programme for the NHS.

A variety of materials are available below to download and share in your locality:


Further information on Hospital at Home in Greater Manchester

How we are leading the transformation and optimisation of virtual wards across Greater Manchester

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How many times do you go into hospital, then you come back home, and you think “I’m glad I’m home”

Laura Rooney, Director of Strategy at Health Innovation Manchester

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Developing innovative services to meet the needs of our population

Bushra Alam, Greater Manchester Clinical Lead for Virtual Wards

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