Hospi­tal-level health care de­liv­ered at home

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

SUN­SHINE Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice is ex­cited to an­nounce it is ex­pand­ing its care to peo­ple in their own home through a new part­ner­ship with Sil­ver Chain, one of the largest in-home health care providers in Aus­tralia.

SCHHS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Adj Pro­fes­sor Naomi Dwyer said the health ser­vice recog­nised that for many pa­tients, be­ing able to re­ceive safe, timely care in their own home was a prefer­able and good op­tion to a hospi­tal ad­mis­sion.

“More and more pa­tients pre­fer to ac­cess care at home,” she said.

“The pro­gram, known as Hospi­tal in the Home in­volves care be­ing pro­vided safely by clin­i­cians from many spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing in­fec­tious dis­eases, geron­tol­ogy, gen­eral prac­tice, emer­gency medicine, or­thopaedics, car­di­ol­ogy, pae­di­atrics, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, res­pi­ra­tory, surgery and haema­tol­ogy.

“Through this pro­gram, we can pro­vide a qual­ity one-on-one ser­vice to el­i­gi­ble pa­tients in the com­fort of their own home, seven days a week.”

Sil­ver Chain A/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Lyn Jones said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was pleased to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with Sun­shine Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

“HITH pro­vides pa­tients with greater choice in their care, equal or bet­ter care out­comes, im­proved ac­cess to health ser­vices and im­proved ef­fi­cien­cies in ser­vice de­liv­ery,” she added.

HITH Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Ted Cham­ber­lain said HITH was the de­liv­ery of short-term and af­ter-hospi­tal care in the pa­tient’s home, as a sub­sti­tute for be­ing in hospi­tal.

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