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Clinics & services

Hospital in the home

Hospital in the home

We care for you in your own home.

About us

Our experienced nurses will visit you at home to provide care. Sometimes other people might call or visit you too, such as pharmacists, physiotherapists or dietiitians.

Using the Hospital in the Home (or HITH) service means that you can go home from hospital sooner.

How does it work?

If the team caring for you think that HITH is right for you, they will refer you to our service.

A nurse will assess you. If you are eligible, we will organise home visits for you.

We provide equipment, supplies and other services you may need for the HITH care being provided to you.

While you are a HITH patient you are regarded as an inpatient of Austin Health. HITH nurses will let your Austin Health doctors know about your progress and needs.

You must be home for your planned visits, and must always be contactable by phone. Your home must be safe for you and for our staff.

When you are ready, we will transfer your care back to your GP, with any community support in place that you may need.

We involve you, your support person and your doctors in this process.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • Acute nursing care such as complex wound care or IV antibiotics
  • a 24 hour on-call phone support service for all patients on the programme 

We can also provide the following services if related to HITH care:

  • Community support such as cleaning, showering and shopping assistance
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietitians
  • Equipment hire


You can only be referred to us if you are an Austin Health inpatient and your treating team thinks that our service is appropriate for you.

Contact us

Hospital in the Home

Phone: 03 9496 3378

Fax: 03 9496 3359