Expanding Hospital at Home across Scotland
Hospital at Home provides short-term hospital level care in a person's own home. It provides person-centred care while reducing pressure on hospitals. We have been working with Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) and NHS boards to expand Hospital at Home across Scotland. 21 HSCPs are covered by Hospital at Home, three times more HSCPs than in 2020.
Our Hospital at Home programme supports HSCPs and NHS boards to expand existing services. We also support the development of new services in remote and rural areas. This has led to an increase in the number of people supported by Hospital at Home. Compared to the same time last year, there has been a 68% increase in the number of people avoiding time in hospital due to Hospital at Home.
Hospital at Home delivers a positive care experience. Care Opinion contains examples of people's care experience. For example:
“Due to ill health for a lot of my adult life I have spent some time in hospital separated from my family and I have hated it, plus it always seemed to elongate my bouts of illness.
This time when I went to my GP dreading I might be hospitalised, I was instead put under the care of Hospital at Home Midlothian. The whole experience was marvellous. Not only did the ever cheerful nurses help with my physical health problems but their chatty, caring attitude helped my mental health improve.
I couldn't have asked for better care from the whole team and can't believe how lucky I have been to have had the support from such a great team. Thank you all.”
There are now 310 Hospital at Home "beds" across Scotland. This is the equivalent to a hospital the size of University Hospital Ayr and is larger than St John's Hospital, Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. The number of "beds" will continue to increase over the next year, helping more people to benefit from the service.
Download our latest Hospital at Home progress update to learn more about the expansion of Hospital at Home across Scotland.