Out of Hospital Strategies and Care - SA Health Awards 2019

Winner — Home Phototherapy Program

Women’s and Children’s Division, Lyell McEwin Hospital, NALHN

The Home Phototherapy Service facilitates effective assessment and treatment of neonatal jaundice. The program is integrated into the existing home visiting midwifery model, avoiding admission to hospital and minimising pressure on our health system. It has been evaluated positively by parents, as care can be delivered safely in the comfort of their own homes. There have been no readmissions for jaundice in infants who have received this treatment so far.

Finalists  Expansion of Cancer Services at the South Coast Chemotherapy Unit

Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN in collaboration with Rural Support Service

The South Coast District Hospital (SCDH) Chemotherapy Unit at Victor Harbor has successfully expanded their service to treat a greater range of patients closer to home. Partnering with Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, the SCDH Chemotherapy team has developed the expertise to deliver quality chemotherapy treatment services for medium, as well as low, complexity chemotherapy, helping to reduce extra financial and emotional burdens for our local cancer patients.

Finalist — Respiratory in the Home

Respiratory Hospital in the Home Service, WCHN

The Respiratory in the Home model of care was established for patients with Cystic Fibrosis and chronic respiratory conditions. RITH enables patients to be discharged home to complete their treatment with physiotherapists providing airway clearance therapy and community nurses administering the IV antibiotics. RITH increases home support, improves medication safety, reduces potential risk of central venous access device complications, improves infection control and reduces length of stay.