Thanks to the incredible generosity of local family, the BHS at Home team have been provided with a number of On-Road Nurse's bags. These bags contain everything required to manage patients in the comfort of their homes.
The BHS at Home has multiple streams of care, including cancer care, surgical, medical, Covid-19, an older person’s stream, and a high-risk foot stream. The newest program currently under construction is a paediatric patient stream. Sue, the Operations Manager of BHS at Home, is delighted with the success of the program. “It’s the way of the future, having people cared for at home where possible. We have senior nurses and full medical coverage. We deal with quite complex care for admitted patients, particularly because we are a major hospital, including complex wound management.”
“Our cancer care stream is our most successful stream as far as patient numbers. We are up over a hundred patients now, so that's a hundred people who would've been coming into the chemotherapy day unit. Our team has calculated that we’ve saved about 15,000 kilometres in travel for patients.”
Not only does this service provide care for patients in their own homes, it also frees up significant bed flow for the hospital.
The program is very popular with patients as well. Cath, the BHS at Home Clinical Nurse Educator, explains a typical patient response when she visits them. “Everyone's just so happy to see you when you knock on their door. It’s so different from being in the hospital, where patients often don’t want to be. They like being cared for in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. And, for us on-road nurses, it is a privilege to be invited into our patient’s homes.”
Thank you to our generous donors who have literally helped keep this service on the road.
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