PATIENTS are being trained to administer antibiotics at home.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has adopted an initiative which sees those who need intravenous (IV) antibiotics but are well enough to be at home, trained to inject themselves.
Trust bosses say it will free up more hospital beds and reduce the risk of infection.
Healthcare staff will determine whether patients are suitable, show them how to use the equipment and set up an IV so they can easily use the antibiotics. They will then regularly return to check on patients.
Medical director Charles Ashton said: “This is a fantastic example of staff finding ways to provide patients with treatment in the most suitable setting. Sometimes this is in hospital but in situations when it is safe to provide care in a patient’s home we strive to do this. This is because it is more convenient and comfortable to be at home with loved ones.
“For older patients, a hospital can be a disorientating change in environment and prolonged stays can lead to a reduction in muscle strength, increasing the risk of a fall.”