What is 'Hospital in the Home'?
Hospital in the Home is a Community Acute and Post Acute Care (CAPAC) service. Children with a range of illnesses can be treated in their home or school, rather than being admitted to hospital. The aim is to provide multidisciplinary care to allow the patient's medical condition to be managed in their own home, which is more familiar to patients and less disruptive to normal routines for families.
What 'Hospital in the home' services does the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network provide?
Both The Children's Hosptal at Westmead and the Sydney Children's Hospital provide a Community Acute and Post Acute Care (CAPAC) service. They treat children in their home or school with health problems such as:
- Eczema — with the goal of providing education to the family so that the family can manage the next acute excacerbation at home
- Cystic fibrosis — administering intravenous antibiotics and providing a daily nursing and physiotherapist visit
- Infections requiring long-term intravenous antibiotics — administering intravenous antibiotic
- Post surgical wound care — with the goal of helping the family manage the post-surgical care.