Hospital In The Home allows children who are medically stable to complete treatment in their own home as an alternative to inpatient care. Parents and carers receive a personalised care plan along with any necessary medication and equipment (e.g. crutches, braces, slings, etc) before leaving the hospital to continue caring for their child at home. Once a child has returned home nurses and allied health professionals provide home visits and offer care, assessment, advice and support children and their families such as:
- intravenous medication (including 24 hour infusions)
- naso-gastric tube management
- subcutaneous medication (e.g. G-CSF)
- skin and wound care including changing dressings
- eczema wrapping
- diabetes education and management
- respiratory and cardiac assessments
- hydration assessments and rehydration.
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.
Existing patients with complex care needs
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).
Children must live within 30-40 minutes travel / 40kms of Brisbane’s city centre to receive this service.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Speak with your child’s treating medical team about whether you might be a suitable candidate for the Hospital in the Home service.
Information for health professionals
Referrals to Hospital in the Home are via the online referral form on QHEPS (Queensland Health staff only). For assistance refer to the flow chart (Queensland Health staff only).
All referrals must be emailed to LCCH_HITH@health.qld.gov.au for acceptance into the program.
Young Person’s Medication Change Plan (twice a day medication)
Young Person’s Medication Change Plan (three times a day medication)
Young Person’s Plan for Seizure Escalation
Young Person’s Seizure Emergency (and Midazolam) instruction