Hospital in the Home
Hospital in the Home (HITH) is a program that provides short home based acute care as a substitute for people who would otherwise need to be in hospital. The level of care is equivalent to being in hospital, however it is provided in the comfort of the person’s home. The most common conditions able to be managed in the home include skin inflammations, blood clot/s in the legs or lungs, pneumonia and severe chest infections and urinary tract infections. Other conditions are also managed.
Services provided include medical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and speech pathology.
Services are provided by Silver Chain and partners under a contract arrangement with Queensland Health. Medical governance is either provided by the hospital treating team or a Silver Chain Hospital in the Home General Practitioner.
The patient must:
- Be a public hospital patient
- Have a level of acuity which requires a minimum daily intervention/monitoring
- Be medically and mentally stable
- Be capable of complying with treatment and has an acceptable functioning level within the care setting
- Consents to the Program
- Is competent with self care
The care environment:
- Must be within the Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service catchment area
- Is safe for both the patient/carer and visiting staff – may be the patient’s permanent or temporary residence
- Has a phone with dial out facilities
- Have a working refrigerator (for storage of medications)
Referrals are accepted and encouraged from Medical Officers, Allied Health, General Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners.
How to facilitate a Referral
If you have a patient you have identified as a possible candidate for Hospital in the Home you can discuss suitability with the HITH Medical Officer 24/7 via SCUH Hospital switchboard on 5202 0000.
Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service (Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council and Gympie Regional Council)
No formal age restrictions. Please discuss directly with HITH Medical Officer.