Hospital in the Home
It is widely used across Australia to treat a range of conditions that would normally require inpatient care but now can be provided at home under medical supervision.
Our Hospital in the Home service gives you the option of receiving acute care at home.
We also offer a range of home nursing services provided by St John of God Health Choices.
Our Hospital in the Home service
You may be referred to this service for a whole episode of treatment as a substitute for hospital admission, or you may be referred to this service for part of your treatment and discharged early from hospital.
Some of the services we offer through Hospital in the Home include:
- complex wound management – changing and maintenance of vacuum assisted closure (VAC) wound dressings
- IV antibiotics - used to treat various conditions such as pneumonia, cellulitis or osteomyelitis
- anticoagulation treatment – used to treat deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Accessing our Hospital in the Home service
Not all treatments can be administered in a home setting and your doctor will only recommend this service if they feel your condition can be managed safely at home.
Your doctor will consider these factors to determine if your treatment can be transferred to a home environment:
- Are you clinically stable?
- Do you have a support person to look out for you?
- Do you have a phone so you can contact someone if you have any problems?
- Is your treatment suitable in a home setting?
- Do you want to be treated at home?
If your doctor believes you are suitable for Hospital in the Home they will arrange with the hospital to transfer your care to our service. You can then head home.
Though you are receiving your care at home, you are still an inpatient and under the care of your doctor. They remain actively involved in your care and communicate regularly with our nurses, just like they would if you are in hospital, to ensure you are receiving appropriate care.
As a Hospital in the Home patient you can expect regular medical reviews of your care by your treatment team, and daily visits by our nurses.
Once your treatment is complete and your doctor believes you no longer need this level of care, you will be discharged from the program. At this point you may still require ongoing support and you may be referred on to our post-acute care service.