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About our hospital in the home service

We know that for some patients, it is more comfortable and convenient to be cared for in the home. That’s why Cabrini offers an innovative model of care called Hospital in the Home Unit (HHU) providing hospital level treatment for patients in their own familiar surroundings, so they do not need to travel.

For patients who qualify, it can provide an alternative to being admitted to hospital, or an opportunity to return home earlier than would otherwise be possible.

Even though your care and treatment will be delivered at home, the unit is still considered a clinical ward of Cabrini Health. That means our unit not only has its own dedicated team of medical and nursing staff, but patients can still access our specialist support services.

This type of care is not suitable for every patient. To be eligible, you must be assessed by one of our doctors and meet the admission criteria.

  • Operating Hours

    8.00 am – 4.00 pm, 7 days a week

  • Referrals

    You will need a referral from your general practitioner or specialist to become a patient at Cabrini’s Hospital-in-the-Home Unit (HHU).

    Our service provides in-home care to patients who live within a 20km radius of Cabrini Malvern. For patients who live beyond our catchment, we can arrange accommodation near the hospital so you can access our services.

    We accept referrals from: Cabrini Health wards and units, consultant doctors, general practitioners and other hospitals.

    Should you wish to refer your patient to this service, please contact the Hospital in the Home Unit (HHU) team directly on: (03) 95081745.

    Our service provides in-home care to patients who live within a 20km radius of Cabrini Malvern. For patients who live beyond our catchment, we can arrange accommodation near the hospital so you can access our services.

  • Locations

    Our service provides in-home care to patients who live within a 20km radius of Cabrini Malvern. For patients who live beyond our catchment, we can arrange accommodation near the hospital so you can access our services.

     

Services offered

  • Giving patients intravenous (into the vein) medication or hydration fluids, including: antibiotics, iron, steroids, diuretics or electrolyte replacement

  • Complex wound vacuum therapy, a type of therapy to help wounds heal quickly

  • Surgical drain tube management

  • Anti-coagulation therapy

Benefits of care in the home

One of the advantages of treating a patient at home is that our compassionate staff develop a genuine rapport with them, and begin to understand their unique individual circumstances. We believe this enhances their clinical care – and we are not alone.

Research has shown that some patients have improved outcomes and a better recovery at home and can experience fewer complications.

“I am so fortunate that Cabrini offers this service so I could be in my own home instead of hospital. All the staff were more than helpful, kind and knowledgeable, and I felt extremely comfortable in their expert care.” from HHU patient

Commonly asked questions

“I would highly recommend this service to others, it was so nice to be at home in my own surroundings rather than in hospital. All staff and doctors were fantastic. I really felt cared for and the level of attention was amazing. It made the unfortunate experience of medical care bearable. Thank you to all!” from a HHU patient