We will do everything we can so you can leave hospital as soon as you no longer need our care.
We will start planning as soon as you arrive
- We will let you know when we think you will be well enough to leave
- We will talk to you and your family, friends or carers about assessments, care or help you may need after you leave our care. This could be moving to a community hospital or care home or help in your own home.
What you should do
- Let us know if you have a family member, friend or carer we can talk to about your care. Please let us know if there isn't anyone available.
- Follow all advice from your doctors, nurses and therapists
- Speak up if you have any questions or concerns at any point during your care
On the day you leave
- We aim to discharge all patients who no longer need our hospital care by midday
- We will move you to the Discharge Lounge, where you will wait before leaving hospital
- You may be given medication to take away in a green bag
- We will show you how to use any equipment you may need
- We will send your GP a summary of your care with us
The above information is available in a downloadable leaflet (pictured above): Leaving Hospital leaflet.
What family, friends and carers can do to help
- Make arrangements to be available for when you need to leave hospital
- Make your home comfortable for your return
- Arrange help around the home
- Arrange transport, clothes and shoes to leave hospital in
- Put the heating on if needed
- Stock your home with food and any medicine you might need
- Make sure you have keys to get in