Hospital at Home

Hospital at Home provides urgent short-term hospital level care at home. This may range from 1 day to several weeks which would otherwise be spent in hospital.

Across Scotland, Hospital at Home services all share certain key elements. When you’re at home, your care will still be provided by:

  • specialist doctors
  • specialist nurses
  • other healthcare professionals

Types of Hospital at Home services

Hospital at home is a service that traditionally provides adults and older people with short – term hospital level care at home. It now also provides other types of care.

Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)

The Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) is for patients with a range of infections. These are infections that will need treatment with medications that are injected into a vein (intravenous) or swallowed (oral).


Respiratory Community Response Teams treat patients with chronic respiratory conditions who would usually need to be hospitalised. For example, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Respiratory teams might support you in a range of ways. This includes:

  • providing the assessment, treatment, and management of chronic long term respiratory conditions
  • early supported discharge from hospital
  • home monitoring

Heart failure

The heart failure service supports people with heart failure through 4 key services. These are:

  • heart failure diagnostics – which aims to speed up heart failure diagnosis to get the right care
  • inpatient heart failure reviews that aim to get you home earlier (or early)
  • ambulatory heart failure services – which provides diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation as an outpatient away from a hospital setting
  • remote monitoring – which involves the use of technology to monitor your condition while remaining at home or in the community


The paediatric service enables children to receive treatment at home with their family as much as possible. This helps to avoid disruption to their daily routines.

How does Hospital at Home work?

Once you’ve been admitted to Hospital at Home, the team providing your care will carry out assessments, investigations and diagnose illness. They will also:

  • provide the treatments or interventions you need
  • discuss your goals with you and your family to help plan any future care
  • keep your GP up to date

Your GP will also receive a full summary after you have been discharged from Hospital at Home so they can continue your care.

Last updated:
10 June 2024

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