CHQ at Home

CHQatHome coordinates and provides a range of professional health care services in the home for children and young people living in the broader Brisbane metropolitan area. The team is made up of nursing staff, doctors, support workers and allied health professionals.

The service is available to patients who are medically stable and able to complete treatment outside of the hospital as an alternative to inpatient care.

CHQatHome is made up of a number of different services including:

Hospital In the Home

Hospital in The Home (HITH) provides care at home for babies and children who are medically stable. Patients can be transferred from an inpatient ward, shortening the length of their stay in hospital, or admitted directly to HITH from an outpatient clinic or the emergency department.

While receiving care through the HITH program children remain inpatients of the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH). This means that their treating consultant remains medically responsible for their care the whole time.

Post-Acute Care

The Post-Acute Care (PAC) program provides home and community-based support so that children can be discharged from hospital sooner, or avoid being admitted to hospital all together. Our goal is to help your child recover from their injury or illness and to reduce the risk of them needing to go to hospital again. Patients can be referred to the PAC program from inpatient wards, outpatient departments and emergency departments.

CHQatHome provides post-acute and hospital avoidance care in partnership with the medical, nursing and allied health teams at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Tracheostomy Care

The Tracheostomy in Home Care (TIHC) program provides a flexible service to help children with tracheostomies and their families to be as independent as possible. The TIHC program is available to children up until their 5th birthday.

High Cost Home Support Program

The High Cost Home Support Program (HCHSP), also known as the Home Ventilation Program, is an ongoing service delivered in the home for children who are well and ventilator-dependant. Parents/guardians accept primary responsibility for the care of their child and are supported by the HCHS clinical team.

Palliative Care

The Paediatric Palliative Care Service supports families who wish to receive end-of-life care for their child at home. Children can be referred by their hospital-based specialist teams or their primary health care providers. The service also cares for inpatients and outpatients at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and in other metropolitan hospitals. Phone 1800 249 648, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, or email PPCS@health.qld.gov.au.

Who can access this service?

Accessing the CHQ at Home service is dependent on individual patient needs. Please speak with your child’s treating medical team about whether the CHQ at Home service is suitable for your child.

Catchment area

Children must generally live within 30-40 minutes travel / 40kms of Brisbane’s city centre to receive these services.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals to the CHQ at Home service are accepted by your child’s treating medical consultants and teams.

Information for health professionals

Health professionals can send requests for education to chqrs@health.qld.gov.au.

Contact details

t: 0432 003 030
e: QCH_HITH@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Hospital in the Home visits are available Monday to Sunday, between 7.30am-4.30pm. Other program hours operate to meet the needs of patients.

Related services

Hospital In the Home
Paediatric Palliative Care Service

Resources

CHQ at Home fact sheet