An initiative in Scotland that allows older people to receive hospital care at home is to receive £1 million in government funding.
The funding in the draft Scottish Budget for 2020/21 will support the development of ‘Hospital at Home’ type services – which can treat patients with a range of conditions, such as pneumonia, COPD and pulmonary embolisms, or those recovering from falls.
Hospital at Home was established by NHS Lanarkshire in 2011 to enable more people in Scotland to receive the same medical attention in the comfort of their own homes as they would in hospital.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, said: “The effects on older people of remaining in hospital too long are well documented – deconditioning, pressure sores and a loss of independence and self. That is why admission to hospital should only happen when the patient’s clinical need requires it – if that level of care and treatment can be provided at home, then we would like to provide it there
“I am keen to see all health and social care partnerships across Scotland commission sustainable, person centred, alternatives to traditional hospital care from our NHS. Services such as re-ablement, rapid response teams, enhanced Intermediate Care at home, virtual community wards, and Hospital at Home all have a vital part to play, alongside more traditional community based services.”
Keith Dean, a 71 year-old from East Wemyss in Fife, has benefitted from the service. He said: “I have been a patient of hospital at home for many years and I am grateful for the service. I needed intravenous antibiotics about twice a year, and before Hospital at Home I needed to stay in hospital for two weeks at a time. “Now the nurses come into my own home and give me the medication. As you are at home and not in a hospital environment you’re not open to getting other infections so your recovery is much better.”