The study published in BMJ Open meticulously compares the length of stay between patients in virtual wards and those in hospitals, shedding light on their economic impact. Here are the key findings:

  1. Clinical Effectiveness:
  2. Length of Stay:
  3. Economic Implications:
    • The cost of virtual wards was calculated based on accrued expenditure.
    • In contrast, the cost estimation for hospital beds represents the average cost of non-elective care provision within acute hospital wards.
    • During 2022, the estimated costs for the virtual ward (with 40 beds) amounted to approximately £1 million.
    • Calculations suggest that saving one inpatient hospital day through virtual wards cost £935.
    • It’s important to note that this cost was based on 24% utilization of the virtual ward1.
  4. Survival Rates:

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