Scotland announces further investment for Hospital at Home

£3.6 million of additional investment has been allocated to Hospital at Home, to support more than 150 extra virtual beds in Scotland.

Hospital at Home provides a safe, patient-centred alternative to an acute hospital admission, while reducing pressure on hospital sites. It also provides a better outcome for the patient, who receives treatment in the safety and comfort of their own home.

Funding will be available to existing services, and areas yet to develop Hospital at Home.

Health secretary Michael Matheson said: “Hospital at Home has already proved to be very successful and most importantly, beneficial to patients and the wider system.

“That’s why we have allocated a further £3.6 million so more people can be managed at home rather than in hospital.

“Patients have spoken very positively about the service and it also reduces pressure on A&E and the Scottish Ambulance Service by avoiding admissions and accelerating discharge. Hospital beds will always be available to people who need them, but this is a better alternative for many.”

Belinda Robertson, associate director of improvement, Healthcare Improvement Scotland said:

“We’re delighted the Scottish Government will continue to fund the development of Hospital At Home services. An increasing number of patients are experiencing the benefits of receiving acute hospital care at home.

“More and more NHS boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships are embracing Hospital At Home by establishing and developing services. We will continue to support NHS boards and Partnerships to further develop the services they provide, and share learning across all Hospital At Home services.”

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