Helping patients connect with loved ones
Thousands of isolated residents and patients will be able to connect with their family and friends with video call devices, the government has announced.
NHSX is working with technology firms to help some of society’s most at-risk and isolated people access vital emotional support and companionship during Covid-19. As part of this work, Facebook will provide up to 2,050 of its Portal video calling devices for free to care homes and other settings; including hospices, in-patient learning disability and autism units. 50 of the devices have already been deployed to pilot sites in Surrey, with Manchester, Newcastle and London and other areas to follow, with support from Accenture.
NHSX is also considering what other communications devices and software could be used to support care home residents and staff.
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