This project developed a new model of care for its Hospital in the Home (HITH) program, by integrating the services delivered by ambulatory care and community health nursing teams.
- Provides patients with high quality, safe care in their home or close to their home.
- Allows patients to remain close to their family and carers, improving their level of care and satisfaction.
- Improves recovery time, hospital discharge times and resumption of normal activities.
- Reduces hospital admissions and associated complications such as hospital-acquired infections, falls and delirium.
- Reduces costs associated with caring for patients in the hospital, as it is more affordable to care for them in the community.
- Improves availability for hospital beds, with increased capacity for other Ambulatory Care services such as medical, surgical and outpatient clinics.
- Provides junior doctors and medical students with an opportunity to gain experience working in the community setting, in collaboration with community health services.
- Ensures that post-discharge continuity of care is provided to patients by clinicians across many specialties.
Read about this innovative partnership on the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) web site here.
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This project was led by the SWSLHD, including Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals and Community Health, in partnership with the Clinical Excellence Commission and Primary Health Network.