HealthTech Cera is developing 15 digital healthcare hubs in cities and towns throughout the UK over the next six months. 

The company says the hubs, combined with Cera’s existing network throughout the UK, will see it providing healthcare services to a community equal in size to the capacity of several dozen NHS hospitals or 1,000 care homes every day.

This expansion is being undertaken in response to increasing pressure on the NHS, with Cera able to support those suffering from long-COVID, older and vulnerable people who’ve recently been discharged from hospital and those requiring daily care or nursing services, in their own home. 

In response to COVID-19, Cera has delivered more than 10 million healthcare visits in older people’s homes across the UK since the pandemic’s outbreak. 

The company will be providing more than 50,000+ in-person healthcare visits every single day as a result of this expansion. The news comes ahead of this Wednesday’s Budget announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, through which £6 billion is to be invested in the use of digital technology throughout the NHS.

Cera’s digital healthcare hubs are dedicated community teams of healthcare professionals who, empowered by pioneering digital technology, deliver services, such as care, nursing, telehealth, home medications and prescriptions, in people’s own homes rather than a hospital or care home setting. 

The hubs will be launched in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Colchester, Southampton, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea.

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Cera already works on behalf of hundreds of local authorities and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide these healthcare services in communities throughout the UK.

Ben Maruthappu, co-founder and CEO of Cera, commented: “The pandemic has greatly exacerbated, and accelerated, many of the historic challenges that the NHS and social care sector have battled in the UK. 

“It has also, in turn, reaffirmed the need for reform, and to embrace technology and innovation to ensure our older community have access to timely, quality healthcare services.

“Our launch of 15 digital healthcare hubs will alleviate pressures on the NHS and support older people when they need it most, so that they can receive high quality, proactive and digital-first healthcare in the comfort of their own home.”