Hospital at Home (H@H) provides treatment in the comfort and privacy of your own home as an alternative to treatment in hospital.
H@H staff are employed by the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), both the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH).
The service provides acute nursing and medical care to patients as a substitute for treatment in hospital, meaning people can return home sooner or, in some instances, avoid a hospital admission altogether.
H@H is widely used to effectively manage a range of conditions and is only available where care can be provided safely at home.
Hospital @ Home may be appropriate if:
- Ongoing acute care or treatment is required on leaving the hospital
- You live within the CALHN geographical area
- You are referred by a medical officer or nurse involved in your hospital care, from either the inpatient wing setting, emergency or outpatient departments.
Some of the services offered through H@H include:
- managing mediation and monitoring treatment response
- IV antibiotics – used to treat various conditions such as pneumonia, cellulitis or osteomyelitis
- monitoring of INR (International Normalised Ratio) levels
- Vital Sign and ECG monitoring
- IV medications/ IV fluids/ Electrolyte monitoring and replacement
- Short term weaning of oxygen therapy.
Providing this option to suitable patients ensures the hospital has beds available for patients who need to be in hospital for their care.
You may be referred to this service as a substitute for hospital admission, or for part of your treatment and discharged early from the RAH or TQEH.
Next time you are in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, ask your doctor or Emergency Department specialist if your condition can be treated at home.
Please call the RAH Case Finder on 0447 943 570, or CALHN H@H Clinical Service Coordinator on 0437 818 220 for more information regarding our Hospital @ Home service.