HC Deb 14 February 2003 vol 400 c38W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the pilot project in Warwickshire to treat patients with infectious diseases in their own homes.[96513]

Mr. Lammy

The proposed pilot project in Warwickshire, led by the South Warwickshire General Hospitals National Health Service Trust, would treat selected patients who have presented at the hospital with infections of the skin, wound or bone. The service is for patients who would be in hospital only to receive intravenous antibiotic therapy. The hospital's clinical teams would still carefully manage the patients. Patients with highly contagious infections who require isolation in hospital will continue to be treated as inpatients.

This project is patient-centred and offers a choice to both patients and carers. The patient would have a reduced risk of hospital-acquired infection and conversely existing patients would not be exposed to the infection.