Having to move between hospital and home can be extremely disruptive and distressing for patients being treated for cancer, which is why The Royal Marsden developed the Hospital to Home (H2H) service.
The aim of H2H is to aid the transition of care for patients from hospital based treatment to care nearer to home. H2H gives patients and their families and friends more confidence about making the choice to be cared for at home by improving communication between hospital and community services.
How H2H works
Through the H2H scheme, every member of the healthcare team who has a legitimate relationship with a patient will have easy access to information about a patient’s end-of-life choices, no matter where they are based, ensuring a seamless and improved service for the patient.
We work closely with all the community health care professionals that are involved in the care provision including GPs, district nurses, community Palliative Care teams and social services. We inform and update them about the current management plan including patient wishes and preferences about their care.
We make sure that health care professionals have a clear understanding of the patient’s medical history and individual wishes and preferences for care so that a personalised plan of care can be arranged.
The scheme is supported by a specialist team funded by supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and based at the hospital. This team makes sure that patients whose care is being moved from hospital to home can be certain that their local healthcare services will be ready and waiting.
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