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Mental Health; Out of Area Placements

December 6, 2016

Many beds have been lost, through ward and unit closures, creating greater difficulty in finding somewhere for a patient to be treated.

 

Despite all the promises from the Government, patients are still having to be treated out of area away from family, friends and support workers.  Patients transported hundreds of miles from home in some instances, making it impossible to see parents’ siblings and other family members except on an occasional and expensive visit.

 

OK, so they have a bed and can get the treatment that’s required for their condition, but without the support of a loved one, this probably compounds the situation and increases the time needed to complete recovery. 

 

I’m not sure if any surveys have been conducted to see if this is the case, or is it that each patient is different and it’s impossible to form a positive conclusion?

 

I know from personal experience that patients I meet mainly in the Private sector are often many miles away from home.  I often wonder if their stay is being funded by the NHS.  Apparently 82% of Private mental health patients are funded by the NHS. 

 

On the plus side, it’s a bonus to get a bed and treatment, even if you are 177 miles away from home, better than being incarcerated in your local police station cell because the crisis team haven’t been able to get you a placement.

 

One option available to assist patients who are moved out of area is to give them access to a device that they can use to video call family and friends.   The device needs to meet with all the relevant security requirements for the hospital and to comply with privacy of other service users and staff.

 

We have developed an Android tablet that uses either cellular network or WiFi.  The tablet is ruggedized, it can be dropped from over 1 metre, it has a reinforced screen and is protected from complete immersion in water.  You can restrict access to emergency services, and only allow authorised callers to and from the device.  Cameras can be activated or deactivated to protect other service users and staff privacy.  Apps can be used on the device to educate and entertain, but the hospital can control what Apps are allowed.  Battery life is over 10 hours and recharging can be done securely in the ward office or a Charge Box.  Each device can be monitored for usage by the hospital and even if stolen it can be tracked remotely and disabled.  If a cellular SIM card is swapped the device will still retain the approved list of callers and not allow any changes to the security settings.

 

Our range of devices go from 4” up to 10” displays, they can be purchased outright or rented to reduce capital expenditure.

 

For more information and a no obligation demonstration please contact us today: sales@valara.co.uk

 

Subscribe to Valara to receive regular updates on our product range and information on how they can be used to help your business.

 

Paul Jarvis

Managing DIrector

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