NHS organisations in Herefordshire & Worcestershire work collaboratively (as an Integrated Care System) to deliver healthcare and improve health outcomes for the population of over 800,000 people across the two counties. This partnership includes NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, alongside Herefordshire & Worcestershire County Councils and Primary Care providers (GP practices and PCNs). The partnership is already at the forefront in healthcare innovation and we firmly believe that digital initiatives and programmes are key to enabling us to deliver our vision of providing truly integrated care. Ensuring a 21st Century digital infrastructure is a key priority to help us achieve this, which is why being a partner in the West Mercia Rural 5G project is so important to the NHS.
Innovations in technology and improvements in network connectivity offered by 5G, have the potential to transform health and social care and bring efficiencies in how services are delivered. This supports the NHS ‘net zero’ ambition, the decentralisation of healthcare (by providing more services and support away from main health sites) and the NHS Long Term Plan.
In conjunction with Worcestershire County Council, new 5G masts in Malvern and Tenbury are enabling pilot projects to evaluate the benefits of remote monitoring and virtual wards for patients.