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Health Services: Older People

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2459, tabled on 10 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to use virtual reality therapy to treat older people advised to have limited social interaction due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Answered on

19 March 2020

The Department is exploring how best we can support older people advised to have limited social interaction. There are no plans at present to treat older people in their homes with virtual reality therapy. However we are rapidly expanding our video-conferencing capability and the implementation of remote capabilities underpins many of the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.