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The Hospital-in-the-Home program (known as Wallaby Ward) allows your child to be cared for at home by The Royal children’s Hospital (RCH) medical, nursing and allied health staff. By transferring to Wallaby, your child can complete their inpatient treatment at home.
Wallaby is a 61 bed ward, in which medically stable children requiring daily/twice daily acute care interventions can complete their admission at home. Whilst at home, children are visited and cared for by a team of qualified RCH nurses, medical and allied health staff who communicate regularly with the child's primary treating medical unit.
The aim for the Wallaby ward is to reduce the anxiety for the child and family by treating them in their own environment where there is less disruption to daily routine.
Examples of care provided by the Wallaby team are (with a fuller list with guidelines on the Clinical Service and Resources page):
Wallaby provides a Victoria-wide service. Staff can provide care for children within a 60 km radius of Melbourne (depending on availability and scope). Children outside our catchment may have their care outsourced to regional providers but are still regarded as a Wallaby Ward inpatient. The Wallaby team will keep in regular contact with the regional service providers and ensure the treating RCH medical unit are updated about the child's care.
We pride ourselves in being one of Victoria's leading hospital-in-the-home programs and strive to utilise new technologies and ideas to improve our delivery of care. Children and their families may also be involved in telehealth sessions.
If you would like more information about the Wallaby Ward, please call 9345 5695 (during office hours).
For all referrals, please refer via EPIC or call our Intake team on 9345 4770
We value feedback via this survey link from patients and parents to continually improve how we deliver GREAT patient care for children at home. The results help us to strengthening our relationships with families and providing greater quality of care.
We are excited to announce that Wallaby has been recognised in the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
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