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The hospital at home team

Hospital At Home Team (HAHT)

Who are the HAHT?

They are a team of a Matron, a Senior Sister, Senior Nurses, a Senior Physiotherapist and a Senior Occupational Therapist all experienced in acute care in a hospital environment. 

What they do

The aim of the Hospital At Home Team, is to provide short term acute medical care (about 1 – 5 days) within the homes of our patients (including Residential and Nursing homes). They aim to provide treatment and support whilst monitoring the patient’s condition to allow them to be cared for in the comfort of their own environment. They work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team to promote independency and facilitate early and safe discharge.

 

Patients may be referred to the Hospital At Home Team for medical treatment, requiring e.g., oxygen therapy, nebuliser therapy, Inhaler therapy, Intravenous antibiotics, bloods and INR monitoring, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social care bridging or general monitoring of your condition.

 

Some of the clinical conditions seen include:

 

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary embolisms (PEs)
  • Asthma
  • Heart failure
  • Chest infections
  • Pneumonias
  • Cellulitis.

How they work

The patient will be referred to the team by their hospital Consultant and their care will remain under this Consultant while at home (and not their GP), until discharge from the Hospital At Home Team. A member of the team will assess the patient on the ward prior to transfer to the team.

 

The patient’s GP will be informed of transfer of care to, and discharge from, the Hospital at Home Team. They work collaboratively with GPs and other multidisciplinary teams and refer patients to appropriate teams (such as District Nurses, Community Matrons, Physiotherapy or Occupational therapy) when required, for further care after patients are discharged from the  Hospital at Home Team.

Hospital At Home Team philosophy

Whilst under the care of the Hospital at Home Team (HAHT), your care will be provided by a team of experienced nurses and therapists who will take an holistic approach to providing your care.

 

As a team they aim to recognise each patient as an individual. Your care will be planned to incorporate your physical, psychological, social and spiritual well being. They also highly respect individual, cultural and religious beliefs.

 

They aim to empower you and your family to be involved in your care to promote independence where possible.

 

As a team they recognise that they are guests in your home and they will deliver your care in a professional and confidential manner. On occasions they will also involve other professionals, where appropriate, to provide you with the highest standards of care whilst under the care of the team.

 

The Hospital at Home Team are dedicated to providing up to date research based care for our patients. They therefore feel it is important to actively encourage individual professional development and progression amongst our team.

 

They understand that your stay in hospital is often a stressful and disruptive time both for yourself and your family and they aim to minimise this by providing your care in the comfort of your own home.

Contact Details

The Hospital at Home Team

Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
Dartford
Kent, DA2 8DA 
 

Tel: 01322 428132

(answer phone service and messages will be picked up promptly) or

01322 428100 and ask for bleep 163.

Fax: 01322 428925

Hours

The Team work:

Mon-Sun, 8am - 6pm

Out of Hours: Between 6pm and 8am, please call Darent Valley hospital switchboard on 01322 428100 and ask for the hospital site team.