The Paediatric Hospital in the Home (PHITH) teams at Royal North Shore and Hornsby hospitals have had a very busy couple of years.
The teams have been dealing with the large numbers of COVID-19 positive children in the community. Up until the end of January, a total of 404 infants, children and young people were cared for between the two teams.
Royal North Shore Hospital’s Head of Department of Paediatrics, Dr Carola Wittekind said the care involves a large volume of daily calls for medical and welfare checks whilst the patients are isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Admissions to PHITH followed COVID-19 outbreaks in our LHD over the past almost two years and also reflect changes to admission criteria based on ACI guidelines,” she said.
Whilst the service has been essential, it has come with a set of challenges for the teams. Like many healthcare workers, team members spent the festive season caring for those in the community with the virus. To ensure they were able to take some time off to recharge, the team worked together to rotate and ensure they all had a break.