Home Nursing Services

Home Nursing

The Wesley Pharmacy home health care team has provided Brisbane’s premier acute nursing care to patients in the comfort of their own home for over 30 years.

In many cases the availability of hospital in the home services may allow you to be discharged early from hospital and receive acute nursing care in the comfort and safety of your own home and the support of your family and friends.

 

What is it?

Hospital in the home is the delivery of hospital level care in the home instead of hospital. For suitable patients, there are likely to be clinical and social benefits to this style of care.  Most patients who have received hospital in the home treatment prefer it to in-hospital treatment.

To assist you in your recovery, nursing staff will coordinate your care to provide ongoing individualised care as you continue to recover.  Nursing staff are available 24 hours a day including public holidays to assist you with your needs.

Most of our patients require intravenous antibiotic therapy or advanced wound care.  We also provide basic wound care; administer blood transfusions and assist with palliative care.

What actually happens?

Our nurses will visit you at home at a scheduled time.  The frequency of visits depends on the nature of your treatment, but this is usually once a day.  At each visit the nurse will provide the care as directed by your doctor.

In the case of patients receiving intravenous antibiotic therapy, the nurse will reprogram the computerised drug infusion pump, flush the infusion line and attach a new bag of medicine to it. (Our pharmacists prepare these infusion bags in our state of the art sterile compounding facility.) The nurse will also inspect the intravenous access point and perform tests to confirm that the drug infusion pump is working properly.

In the case of advanced wound care, the nurse will tend to the wound, check any dressings and replace dressings as appropriate.

What are the benefits?

  • Your recovery takes place in the comfort of your own home in the company of family and friends.
  • The risk of an illness caused by medication error is significantly reduced.
  • Research has shown that recovery and treatment outcomes are improved after leaving the hospital environment.
  • Hospital in the Home Nursing Care reduces the risk of hospital acquired infections.

Am I suitable for hospital in the home?

The decision as to whether you are suitable for hospital in the home is made by your attending doctor in consultation with you and your carer (if applicable).

In this assessment your Doctor will consider your home environment, telephone access, family support and your suitability to receive acute nursing care at home.

What’s next?

  • Discuss your suitability for acute nursing care in your home
  • If suitable Your  Doctor will liaise with the ward staff to commence your discharge process
  • The discharge planning staff will obtain funding approvals (where applicable), medication orders and prepare an individualised care plan including your discharge date.
  • After completion the plan is forwarded to The Wesley Home Health Care Team

Your nursing care team has a wealth of experience and knowledge in delivering acute individualised care in the home setting.  Rest assured that our highly trained and caring team of pharmacists, nurses and support staff will coordinate with your doctor to ensure you are looked after as well as possible.