Hospital in the Home reaches milestone
Our Hospital in the Home program on the Sunshine Coast achieved a significant milestone this week - welcoming our 4,000th client.
Since we opened in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service in April 2014, the team has cared for 4,000 clients in the comfort of their own homes. The service continues to grow, following 2019's expansion to the equivalent of 36 hospital ‘beds’, quadrupling our capacity.
Our 35-person team in Queensland is committed to Best Care and provides acute-level services to people who are recovering from conditions requiring short or long-term clinical nursing care, including intravenous antibiotics, fluids or wound care, and other conditions that are clinically appropriate to be treated in the home.
Since 2019, HITH has also been supporting pregnant women experiencing Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.
Peregian Springs soon-to-be mother-of-four Lianne Fauvrelle was referred to the HITH service by a doctor at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital after presenting with Hyperemesis.
“Hospital in the Home was overall a fantastic experience, especially as I have three young children and was so sick that I could not get off the couch some days. It would have been very difficult to have been admitted to hospital and meet my children’s needs as well,” she said.
“The nurses visited me twice a day at home, giving me fluids and checking I was OK, in consultation with the doctors at the Hospital. This allowed me to run my online business at the same time too. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the service.”
Silver Chain Director of Clinical Operations, Sue Meteyard, said ensuring patients felt safe was also paramount, especially in this new COVID-19 world.
“Many clients have shared how safe they have felt seeing how meticulous the nurses were in providing their care. We’ve received many comments on the professionalism, competence and compassion shared by all members of the HITH team.”
“Reaching our 4000th patient is a huge achievement and we look forward to being able to give more choice to patients living on the Sunshine Coast, enabling them to receive more care in their homes”.
The HITH team services patients in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie regional council areas, providing a home visiting service seven days a week, and phone support 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Montana Waters | Media Advisor
T 08 9208 8310 | E Montana.Waters@silverchain.org.au