In 1995, advanced home treatment services were introduced at Västra Nyland district hospital in Finland. For selected patients the new services constitute an alternative where hospitalisation would otherwise be necessary. Some of the hospital bed resources were moved to the patients' homes together with a trained team with immediate responsibility for the patients and providing 24-hour care, backed up by access to hospital resources in terms of specialised knowledge and sophisticated technology. Two years' experience of 500 patients so treated showed their diseases to have represented the complete spectrum of specialists fields. The most common diagnoses were oncological and infectious diseases. Although preliminary assessment suggests advanced home care to be a cheaper alternative than hospitalised care, the preeminent advantage from the patients' point of view was improved quality of life.