BCH brings the hospital to your home

Friday 15 September 2017


Bass Coast Health (BCH) officially launched their Hospital in the Home program this week which will benefit many people within the community - possibly you or someone you know.


BCH’s Hospital in the Home (HITH) program enables patients to continue their hospital treatment in the comfort of their own home. This allows patients to return home earlier whilst still being cared for by experienced health professionals. The program is staffed by highly skilled and experienced nurses, supported by credentialed general practitioners, and overseen by the Director of Emergency Medicine Assoc. Prof. Garry Wilkes.


HITH is provided by many hospitals around Australia and the program is designed for eligible people of all ages who have been admitted to hospital and are considered stable, but who still require further treatment in order to fully recover.


The treatments available vary considerably and cover a broad range of needs, such as the management of infections, complex wound care management, intravenous antibiotic therapy and anticoagulation for various conditions. Each treatment is tailored to suit the individual needs of the patient.


The BCH nurses heading up this program are Angela Fraser and Karlie Hall, who both have extensive nursing experience and are passionate about providing this service to the local community.


“There are so many benefits to patients being able to recover in the comfort and familiarity of their own home environment”, says Karlie. “The home is safer than a hospital environment. It’s often quieter and more relaxing, with patients able to be easily supported by their family and friends”.


Angela points out that there are other additional benefits that may not be readily apparent, “There is less need for the stress and expense of sometimes having to travel long distances or find overnight accommodation to receive treatments”, she said. “Patients also enjoy a greater overall sense of wellbeing and have better outcomes when treated at home, and have less chance of experiencing complications such as delirium or infections”.


The program also has benefits for BCH’s hospital at Wonthaggi, as it enables existing beds to be available for people who have more complex needs


Bass Coast residents are eligible to receive the free service, provided they meet certain criteria. For people residing outside of the Bass Coast shire, eligibility is determined on a case-by-case assessment. Referrals will be also be accepted from other hospitals to allow people in the Bass Coast shire to come home sooner.


The HITH service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Angela and Karlie are very excited about seeing the service grow to meet the needs of the broader community in the future.


For more information about BCH’s Hospital in the Home service, please call 5671 3384 or see HITH’s page on BCH’s website at www.basscoasthealth.org.au under the ‘Services’ tab.