"Husband's brush with Cellulitis"

About: Hospital in the Home (Bass Coast Health) Wonthaggi Hospital / Emergency Department

(as a relative),

He loves gardening and doesn't wear gloves (he does now) and overnight discovered that he had somehow got an infection in his forefinger on the right hand.

As he is a type 2 diabetic, I immediately sourced an appt with a local GP. Intramuscular (IM) Antibiotics were prescribed, but next afternoon was obvious they were not working so I took him back.

The GP called Bass Coast Hospital ED to ask if OK to send hubby there for IV antibiotics - OK, send him across. We were seen in ED and I found the doctors, nurses & staff really helpful, friendly and compassionate. As it turns out, a course of IV antibiotics was needed which would result in either; a stay in hospital or daily trips for treatment or Hospital in the home. Hospital in the home it was.

I cannot say enough good things about this new concept. The nurses were fantastic. They came to our home, administered the IV infusion saving us a lot of time in travel and waiting for treatment in the hospital itself. What a brilliant format for rural patients. Well done Bass Coast Health - keep up the great work.

Responses

Response from Noni Bourke, Chief of Organisational Support & Development, Bass Coast Health

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Dear Phillip Island resident

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience in the Emergency Department and then within our Hospital in the Home program. Our staff are indeed wonderful and I will be sure to pass on your feedback. It is great to be able to support people in their own home and I am very pleased that this program worked so well for you and your hubby.

I hope the finger his on the mend and you are back in the garden again soon.

Best wishes

Noni

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