We deliver acute hospital-level treatment and care in the comfort of a person's own home.

Key points

  • Short-term acute medical and nursing care that can be delivered in a home setting
  • Treatment of medical and surgical conditions including infections, complex wounds, perioperative anticoagulant management, exacerbation of chronic comorbidities
  • Referrals accepted from hospital ward and specialty departments, General Practitioners and specialist services
Patients need a referral from their GP or healthcare provider. Access referral information

What we do

Previously known as Hospital in the Home (HITH), RMH@Home is a 24 hour, 7 day a week service that cares for people who need acute short-term medical treatments such as delivery of intravenous antibiotics and other medications, perioperative anticoagulation management and complex wound management. 

Our patients are regarded as hospital inpatients and remain under the care of a treating hospital team, receiving the same treatment considerations as they would if staying in hospital.

A 'home' could be the patient's own home, a hotel, a residential aged care facility or a family member’s or friend’s home. Clinical staff visit patients at home to assess their needs, provide treatment, review and plan care. Discharge planning is implemented in consultation with the referring unit, GP and appropriate community based services. 

We accept referrals from the RMH services, other hospital wards and specialist services, General Practitioners and primary care practitioners. 

There is no cost to patients for receiving RMH@Home Acute care.

Who can use our service

Patients must meet the following criteria to be eligible for RMH@Home:

  • They require acute or subacute inpatient services but are medically stable enough to be treated at home
  • The patient lives within the RMH catchment area. RMH@Home Acute patients might reside further away, with joint management by a local health service provider.
  • A good support network (family or carer) is available for the patient
  • Their home is suitable (a routine risk assessment is carried out with all patients)
  • The patient has access to a phone
  • There is a medical request or approval for transfer
  • There is a clear end date for the proposed treatment
  • The patient consents to participate in the program

RMH@Home supports and treat conditions at home such as:

  • Viral infections (including COVID-19)
  • Bronchiectasis exacerbations
  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart failure exacerbations 
  • Genito-urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis
  • Acute tonsillitis 
  • Cellulitis
  • Post-operative infections
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Anticoagulation management
  • Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli
  • Post-operative drain management
  • Complex wounds and negative pressure dressings

Common questions people ask

Find out more about the common questions people ask about our RMH@Home services.

For patients
For health professionals
Head of service
Contact us
RMH@Home Acute
Phone
0466 868 986
RMH@Home Acute Intake Coordinator
Fax
(03) 9342 8268
Address
The RMH Parkville
Level 7 North
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Last updated 08 February 2023