Internet offers to help care homes connect

Posted on 15 May 2020 (Permalink)

During COVID-19, care providers are using digital technology to protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable residents.

Examples include video consultations with health professionals, ordering prescriptions, and supporting residents to talk with loved ones.

NHSX and NHS Digital have negotiated and published a range of internet connection offers with telecom companies on the NHSX website. The page lists fast-track options available from providers and the advice is divided into offers suitable for small, medium and large care homes. 

This is complemented by two new pieces of guidance: choosing an internet connection for your care home and how to use digital services in your care home.

These pages outline essential things to know before you upgrade or take out a new internet contract for your care home during Coronavirus (COVID-19), including contracts and costs, broadband speed and installation. They also offer advice on how digital technology can be used in care homes, such as video calls and online GP consultations.