Virtual inpatient surgical service
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Virtual inpatient surgical service

Carolyn Middleton Associate director, Nursing, Corporate Nursing Team, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Newport, Wales
Rose Davies Advanced nurse practitioner, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Gemma Couch Senior nurse, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Wales
Cheryl Williams Nurse practitioner, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Jackie Price Nurse practitioner, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales

An increased number of emergency secondary care surgical admissions has intensified the challenge of meeting acute care patients’ needs, while not interrupting elective admissions. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is striving to work differently, with the introduction of an innovative nurse practitioner-led virtual inpatient (VIP) surgical service. VIP is designed to manage emergency patients safely, effectively and in a timely manner, enabling them to return home while waiting for investigations. This article describes the service and outlines the main outcomes, which include increasing the number of surgical emergency patients managed as VIPs, shortening VIP stays, providing more timely access to investigations and saving money for the health board.

Nursing Management. 24, 9, 24-31. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1688


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Received: 26 September 2017

Accepted: 11 December 2017

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