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Homes turned into ‘virtual hospitals’

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

After two weeks fighting for his life in hospital, Michael Brain was at first surprised to be prescribed a smartphone.

Brain, 58, was treated in intensive care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex in February for a severe case of Covid-19. As soon as his condition had stabilised, however, he was sent home with equipment including a phone, a blood pressure monitor and a pulse oximeter to measure his oxygen levels.

“Every day I would input my vital signs on the app,” Brain said. “If anything went wrong or wasn’t right, a nurse would call me straight away. It gave me the peace of mind I was being looked after.”


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