Well Foundation today announced the launch of a Covid-19 Action Fund to support Waitematā District Health Board in its local level response to Covid-19 across North Shore, West Auckland and Rodney.
The fund will be used to support the rapid establishment of remote patient monitoring for people with underlying health conditions including respiratory conditions, diabetes, heart conditions, and patients with compromised immune systems.
This initiative, led by Waitematā DHB’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement, will allow specialist hospital staff to monitor and care for the most vulnerable in the community within their own homes, keeping them out of the hospital environment unless absolutely necessary.
The generous support of The Perpetual Guardian Foundation and Liz and Paul Blackwell – Albany Pak’n Save, has provided the initial funding needed to kick-start these efforts.
Further funding is needed to provide more remote monitoring systems.
To find out more about the Well Foundation Covid-19 Action Fund, or to donate, visit covid19.wellfoundation.org.nz
Waitematā DHB is the largest District Health Board in New Zealand with a population of 630,000. About 70,000 of those people are over the age of 70. In addition to operating North Shore and Waitakere hospitals, the DHB is responsible for primary healthcare and other community services that run across more than 30 sites throughout the region.
A DHB spokesperson says local health services are facing the reality that new models of care, outside of hospitals, are needed and critical care needs to be delivered safely in patient’s homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote patient monitoring has been identified as part of the solution.
Patients will be taught to use remote monitoring devices that record heart rate, temperature, blood oxygen level, and breathing rate. The data can then be monitored remotely by specialist hospital staff and patients given advice and support on how to stay safe and well in their homes.