A Harlow-based homecare company is treating a record number of patients in their own home, releasing valuable NHS hospital capacity and allowing people to receive clinical care in a comfortable environment without having to travel to hospital.
LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, (LPCH), based in Harlow, is currently providing treatment on behalf of the NHS to more than 80,000 patients in their home, at work or in the community. This is more than double the number they were treating two years ago, when it was acquired by McKesson UK, a leading healthcare provider and parent company of LloydsPharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaler AAH.
About 600 people work for LPCH in Harlow plus an additional 300 nurses spread across the country administering care to patients in local communities. Conditions that are suitable for homecare include multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and LPCH has its own team of specialist cancer care and paediatric nurses. Clinical care in the home can range from a nurse visiting daily to administer treatment, to the delivery of specialist medication at home.
As well as the head office of the LPCH operation, Harlow is also home to the company’s specialist compounding unit. Here, personalised medicines are manufactured from scratch, customised for individual patient needs. These can include patients who no longer able to eat because of serious digestive system disorders or patients with cancer and serious infections that required home-based intravenous antibiotics.
Ruth Poole, speciality director for McKesson UK, said, “It is wonderful to know that our team are supporting more patients than ever before and that more people are benefitting from the convenience of homecare. Our colleagues in Harlow do some fantastic work and we should also recognise our nurses who work every day to keep patients on track with their treatment and provide support to those who need it most.”
In the last 12 months, around 7,500 additional patients have been supported by LPCH. With the current number of patients now being equivalent to the entire population of Harlow, the trend to manage people in their own homes, rather than hospital, is becoming widespread.