Hospital in the Home model may help in later life​

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Sydney’s St George Hospital is introducing a new model of care, suitable for older Australians.

Patients will be referred into the Hospital in the Home service from emergency departments, other parts of the hospital and from GPs.

“There is evidence that certain conditions can be well managed through this type of care. These include but are not limited to cellulitis, pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and urinary tract infections.”

The treatment will be individualised and suitable for minor problems. Patients will be assessed immediately, and a decision made about their treatment, including whether they need specialised hospital care.

St George senior clinician and director of aged care, Professor Peter Smerdely, the HITH model improves on previous services that were offered which had been a bit “hit and miss.”

Professor Smerdely says, “Some elderly people may already have support at home, and we find taking them out of the familiarity of home can cause distress, the model could also reach more people who are marginalised.”