You may be in a position to have part or all of your treatment at home rather than in hospital.
That's where our Hospital in the Home (HITH) program comes in.
If your condition is stable and you feel comfortable with the idea of treatment at home, you may be able to access the HITH program. You'll need to have an understanding of your treatment plan so you can respond to any changes at home and you must agree to follow the advice of the nurses and doctors who are responsible for your care and treatment at home.
When you are on the program, a time will be worked out for a visit from a healthcare professional and those visits should occur about that time each day. You'll have a folder with your details which you will need to take to appointments and if you return to hospital.
If you aren't getting better or your condition worsens, you should go to the Emergency Department for assessment and possible admission.
Your rights under the HITH program:
- access to high quality care and treatment
- to receive care with dignity and in privacy
- to receive clear information and be able to seek clarification about all aspects of your condition, care and treatment
- to discontinue the service for any reason
- to complain about the service without fear of reprisal.
Your responsibilities under the HITH program:
- to tell health care workers of any change in your condition or circumstances so they can make appropriate decisions regarding your health needs
- to provide a safe environment for health care professionals during visits, ie keeping pets under control, refraining from smoking and providing adequate lighting and access at night
- to ensure the safe keeping of your folder, medications and equipment during your treatment.
Hospital in the Home, phone 5173 8000