Hospital in the Home gives patients option of free home-care

HOSPITAL in the Home will be expanded across Queensland after the service received a $28 million funding boost.

The pilot program will be delivered by respected organisations Blue Care and Silver Chain in what is Queensland's first community-based public-private partnership.

Sunshine Coast and Townsville will receive the service for the first time.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said today Hospital in the Home would provide treatment for skin, urinary tract and lung infections as well as blood clots in the legs and lungs.

"Hospital in the Home will remain a free and publicly-funded service that many more Queenslanders will now have the choice to access," he said.

"Internationally, it has been proven to be a viable alternative to hospital admission, providing equal or better patient outcomes and better service delivery.

"Expanding Hospital in the Home will mean patients can receive acute care by health professionals in the comfort of their own home, instead of being admitted to hospital."

Hospital in the Home is completely voluntary and patients can be referred by the emergency department of the hospital they initially attend.