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PA Hospital begins caring for COVID-19 patients at home

26 March 2020

Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Acute Care at Home team hit the road this month to visit confirmed COVID-19 patients recovering at home within the Metro South Health catchment.  

The team will continue to expand this service as more COVID-19 positive patients are able to be tested and treated within the community with many displaying only mild symptoms.  

PA Hospital Acute Care at Home acting Nurse Unit Manager, Stephanie Knoeckel, said Friday 20 March was the first day patients were able to receive follow-up screening in their home.  

“Following discharge from the hospital, our team can now continue testing the patients at home and provide care for those still showing symptoms.  

“For many patients now a part of the Hospital in the Home model of care, they are no longer symptomatic and simply waiting to be cleared following two consecutive negative tests,” she said.  

The Acute Care at Home team have been able to quickly and effectively adapt their model of care to cater for the ever-changing COVID-19 situation within the Metro South Health catchment.  

“We have managed to get this model up and running in a couple of days to keep patient flow moving into and out of the hospital and avoid keeping people in isolation in hospital when they don’t need to be.  

“Our staff are well equipped to provide exceptional care to people in our community in the comfort of their own home.”  

She said Acute Care at Home were pleased to be an important part of managing the local demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last updated 26 March 2020
Last reviewed 26 March 2020

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