Hospital in the Home

Whanganui District Health Board residents requiring hospitalisation have the option of being provided with hospital level healthcare at home. Hospital in the Home (HITH) is a free service to deliver specialist level treatment to patients outside the hospital environment.

Under the Hospital in the Home programme patients retain a degree of independence, remaining in the comfort and privacy of their own home. New Zealand studies have demonstrated that for selected patients, a carefully managed programme offers increased patient satisfaction and improved health outcomes.

Patients remain under the direct care of a specialist consultant. The core of the service is provided by the district nurses, although medical specialist practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers are all part of the Hospital in the Home team.

Individuals who are suffering from an acute illness or an acute episode of a chronic illness and require specialist level medical and nursing care are eligible for this service. Each individual is assessed by medical and nursing staff for their suitability to receive this service. However, not all patients are suitable candidates for Hospital in the Home. Patients that are not suitable for this service remain in hospital.

Hospital in the Home patients have immediate access back into the hospital should their condition deteriorate or they experience any difficulties.