Box 6.

Key features of ‘hospital at home’35

  • A hospital specialist acts as senior decision maker and responsible medical officer, sometimes with the help of other grades of medical staff

  • Covers short, time-limited acute episodes of care. Patients are treated as though admitted to hospital, but managed within their own home

  • Provides urgent access to hospital-level diagnostics, such as endoscopy, radiology or cardiology where necessary

  • Complements other community-based health and care initiatives which support patients to patients to remain in their own homes, providing a different level of interventions, such as access to intravenous fluids and oxygen

  • Care is delivered by multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals