NHS CEO Amanda Pritchard has announced the expansion of virtual wards, allowing tens of thousands of children in England to receive hospital-level care at home.

The hospital at home service will now cover children in every region of England.

Over the past year, over 6,400 children are reported to have been treated through virtual wards.

The expanded services will address various conditions, including respiratory illnesses including asthma and heart conditions.

Virtual wards enable patients to recover at home, freeing up hospital beds and reducing travel burdens for families.

NHS aims to create an additional 10,000 virtual ward beds by winter.

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The expansion of virtual wards marks another milestone in NHS’s commitment to driving innovation in patient care, as it marks 75 years of its inception.

Pritchard said: “As the NHS celebrates its 75th anniversary today, it is amazing to see how services have changed since our foundation. Virtual wards are already providing excellent care to families when their children are sick, and this expansion will enable thousands more to receive high quality care from home.

“Being treated at home can have a hugely positive impact on patients – it means they receive hospital-level care, but it also means they are not separated from their families – providing peace of mind for loved ones.

“As we look to the next 75 years of the NHS, we will continue to embrace the latest technologies and innovations to meet the changing needs of patients while ensuring that care is as convenient as possible.”