Hospital in the home (HITH) provides care in the comfort of a patient’s home, rather than a hospital ward.
HITH is an alternative to an impatient stay. Patients are still regarded as hospital inpatients, and remain under the care of their hospital doctor. Care may be provided by nurses, doctors, or allied health professionals, and additional home supports arranged as required. Patients can be offered this option if care can be delivered safely at home.
Participation is voluntary and there is no additional charge to patients.
Inpatients who are suitable for admission to HITH are:
− assessed as being clinically stable
− appropriately supported in the home; for example, by a carer or other appropriate person
− living in a suitable environment with access to a telephone
− suitable for Hospital in the Home treatment
− willing to be treated through Hospital in the Home.
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