Why being admitted to hospital in B.C. may soon mean being sent home instead
After spending nine weeks in Peace Arch Hospital’s psychiatric ward, Sharon Leitch Joss knew she was ready to be discharged. But she was very worried about returning to her White Rock apartment after so much time in institutional care.
In mid-August, her physician suggested a surprising solution — she could remain admitted to the psychiatric ward, but still move home as part of Fraser Health’s virtual hospital psychiatric unit, the first of its kind in B.C.
It was “the best thing” for her recovery, said Leitch Joss, who knows a thing or two about health care: She’s been a nurse for 40 years and teaches nursing to university students.
The virtual unit, launched quietly a year ago and announced publicly this week, has treated about 150 patients who were sent home with an iPad and basic health care gear, and treated online by doctors and nurses.