Acute Care at Home

The Acute Care at Home service provides advanced nursing care and support to patients in their own homes. The aim is to prevent an admission or support an early discharge from hospital.

Treatment at home in a familiar environment often improves recovery rate and is particularly beneficial for people who are elderly or confused. Lots of patients prefer to be treated at home rather than in hospital. Familiar surroundings and support from friends and family all aid the patient’s recovery.

What can the Acute Care at Home team treat?

The Acute Care at Home Team are able to manage the following types of condition:

  • chest conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chest infections, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • heart monitoring eg atrial fibrillation (AF), heart failure (ECGs available on request)
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • intravenous fluid replacement
  • cellulitis
  • short term provision of nebuliser therapy for exacerbation of respiratory complaints
  • monitoring and assessment of patients who require oxygen therapy
  • treatment of post-operative patients requiring intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy, anti-emetics and diuretics
  • blood transfusions for those patients who are housebound

The Acute Care at Home team will assess whether they can support other conditions, please contact us to discuss a potential referral. The team is able to manage midlines, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) and other central lines/implanted ports. Cannulation, phlebotomy and blood sampling (when the results are required urgently to guide or instigate a treatment plan) will also be provided. The Acute Care at Home team will liaise with other professionals including GPs, district nurses, community matrons and social services in order to support your recovery.

Referrals

Any health professional can make a referral to the team however, the patient’s GP needs to have assessed community patients within 24 hours of referral. The GP must be prepared to maintain medical responsibility while the patient is treated by the team; or, in the case of out of hours until the patient’s own GP is available.

Contact Information

Central and West Team
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill
Truro, TR1 2JA
01872 221415

East and North Team
St Barnabas Hospital
Higher Port View
Saltash,PL12 4BU
01752 679017

Availability

8am – 10pm seven days a week

Resources

Acute Care at Home leaflet
Acute Care at Home – For Professionals