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Nothing beats being in your own bed when you’re feeling unwell, which is why the Women’s and Children’s Hospital now offers WCH@Home.

WCH@Home is an inpatient unit with a difference, the “bed” is the patient’s own and our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and GP specialists will provide care to children at home, 7 days a week.

The service can look after children with mild to moderate illnesses aged between 12 weeks and 17 years old who would otherwise be admitted to an inpatient ward.

It combines our nation leading virtual care platform with in-home visits from skilled paediatric nurses.

Providing safe and quality care in a child’s own home allows a child and their family to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own environment, , reduces strain on Emergency Departments and keeps our hospital beds available for the sickest children.

What support will my child and my family receive at home?

Before you leave hospital, the HITH service will create a care plan for your child, which will include regular observations, nurse and doctor virtual assessments and nurse home visits.

There may also be planned face to face reviews onsite in the dedicated HITH clinic at the WCH.

You will receive monitoring equipment and be taught how to use this and how to contact the WCH@Home at any time of the day or night.

Our home-visiting nurses can see your child in your own home between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week, for children in the metropolitan area.

Do I need to come into hospital?

Children will need an initial face-to-face assessment and may need to attend for minor treatments or reviews

These can both be done at the dedicated outpatient clinic for WCH@Home at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide, with an entrance on King William Road.

How much does this service cost?

There is no additional cost to families and carers if your child uses WCH@Home.

The team will also support your child’s transition to the service, including supplying any required medication and equipment.

Who can use WCH@Home?

This service is available for current patients of the Women's and Children's Hospital who:

  • are older than 3 months old
  • live within 20km of the WCH (up to 40km by negotiation)
  • have been assessed as suitable by the treating clinical care team
  • meet set medical and social criteria

Discuss with your care team whether this service is right for you.

How can my child be referred to the service?

If your child is a current inpatient at WCH, ask your consulting clinician if WCH@Home might work for your family.

Referrals are not currently being received from external clinicians.