Our services

The Hospital in the Home (HITH) service provides you with high-level care in the comfort of your own home, so you don’t have to stay in hospital.

Services are provided at your home, however, there is the option of being reviewed at the hospital or via telehealth as required.

Some of the common conditions we help to manage are:

  • cellulitis
  • urinary tract infections
  • severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
  • blood clot/s in the legs or lungs
  • pneumonia (severe chest infections)
  • mastitis
  • complex infections requiring longer term antibiotics.

For more information call the Hospital in the Home team on 07 4226 9578 from 7 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week.

Who can access this service?

Currently this service is only available through Cairns Hospital.

Referrals are accepted and encouraged from Cairns Hospital Emergency department and inpatient wards with the patient’s consent.

You may be eligible to access this service if you:

  • are a public hospital patient who without HITH would remain in hospital
  • are medically stable
  • are within 50km of Cairns Hospital
  • need a minimum of daily treatment or assessment
  • have a working phone and a fixed address
  • have a safe environment (for you and the staff who visit you).

Ask your doctor whether you can receive care at home. To decide whether the Hospital in the Home service is safe and suitable for you, your doctor will consider your individual care needs, health condition and home environment.

Last updated: June 2024