Growth of 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. 27 HSCPs either have a Hospital at Home service or are working with us to develop one.
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. Between April and June 2023 nearly 3,500 patients were managed in a Hospital at Home service. This is a 34% increase compared with the same period in 2022.
Patients and their loved ones continue to experience the value of Hospital at Home. The loved one of a patient in the NHS Lanarkshire service said:
"We are so grateful for the help and support provided by this service and their professional staff." (Care Opinion)
On average, 265 people a day are cared for in a Hospital at Home service. The next busiest ward caring for a similar demographic is the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which sees an average of 252 patients a day. Download our latest Hospital at Home progress update to learn more about the growth of Hospital at Home across Scotland.
We are continuing to support NHS boards and HSCPs to set up new Hospital at Home services and expand existing services. We are also supporting services access £3.6 million of funding from Scottish Government to continue to expand Hospital at Home.