When a patient is too unwell to be treated in the primary care setting, hospital is the usual next step. However for patients with a range of common medical conditions there is the option of ‘Hospital in the Home’. This service enables patients assessed as suitable for the service to be discharged earlier from hospital or avoid hospital altogether, receiving high-level clinical care at home.
For hospital referrals, clinical care can be directed by hospital specialists, the patient’s GP, or by our consulting HITH doctor.
Recovering at home rather than in hospital reduces the risk of adverse events such as cross-infection, as well as enhancing patient well-being and the speed of recovery by being in familiar surroundings.
Independent studies* conclude that HITH can achieve equivalent or better clinical outcomes at a lower cost than care provided in a hospital setting, with high patient and carer satisfaction. (* Caplan et al, ‘A Meta-Analysis of ‘Hospital in the Home’, Medical Journal of Australia 197(9): 512-9, 2012; see also: Deloitte Access Economics, ‘Economic Analysis of HITH’, 2011).
For community referrals, clinical care can be directed by you, or you can refer your patient to our consulting HITH doctor, with clinical services delivered by our highly skilled team of HITH nurses.
Our integrated team approach means high-level clinical care can be supplemented with skilled and compassionate carers to help with everyday needs.