What is Hospital in the Home?

Hospital in the Home (HITH) is a program that provides professional, short-term, acute treatment in the comfort and privacy of home, for people who would otherwise need to be in hospital.

Working alongside your hospital medical team, BlueCare develops an in-home treatment plan that is safe and suits a patient’s needs.

Blue Care Hospital in the Home services are currently available from:

How Hospital in the Home works

The hospital medical team determines if a patient is eligible to receive treatment safely at home. The BlueCare Hospital in the Home team will liaise with appropriate medical staff to develop a personalised treatment and recovery plan. Arrangements are then made for the patient to transfer home and continue their treatment.

Patients will receive in-home visits from our friendly and professional BlueCare nurses. The frequency will depend on the condition and treatment plan and will be discussed with the patient before they transfer home from hospital. Their progress is monitored carefully and in accordance with their medical treatment plan.

Our team will:

  • Schedule medical reviews and facilitate clinic appointments.
  • Provide advice on what to do in an emergency.
  • Provide with after-hours telephone support.
  • Develop a discharge plan with the patient.
  • Facilitate follow-up services with appropriate providers as required.
  • Advise the patient’s GP of their Hospital in the Home treatment.

Patient benefits

Receiving hospital treatment at home greatly decreases the disruption clinical treatment can have on a patient’s life. With this service, patients can receive hospital quality treatment in the comfort and privacy of their own home. This makes it much easier for them to focus on healing, returning to normal and getting back to the things that matter most.

Patient eligibility

Hospital in the Home treatment is suitable for a range of health conditions. Eligibility will depend on treatment requirements and a patient’s individual situation. Among the conditions suited to treatment at home are:

  • Skin inflammations or infections.
  • Blood clots.
  • Pneumonia or other chest infections.
  • Kidney or urinary tract infections.
  • Mastitis.
  • Diverticulitis.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Complex wound management.

Access may depend on health fund availability.

How do patients access Hospital in the Home?

For more information on Hospital in the Home, talk to your hospital medical team or contact the Hospital in the Home team at your hospital.

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If you represent a hospital and would like to partner with BlueCare’s HITH service, please complete the form below.

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