Our aim is to make sure all the services and support
you may need when you leave hospital are in
place before you are discharged. The staff looking
after you will help you plan for when you are ready to leave the
hospital. This is sometimes described as your
The staff may need to ask you about your home. For
example, how many stairs you have to climb and whether you have
relatives or friends who will be able to support you during your
They will also ask you about any help or support which you
currently receive from social services or community health
professionals, such as district nurses and will arrange any
referrals for you.
If you need a certificate to claim sickness benefit, please let
your Nurse or Ward Administrator know as soon as possible.
At the GWH we provide a Discharge Lounge for you to wait in when
you are ready to leave hospital.