Leaving hospital - Support services

Royal Voluntary Service's Home from Hospital Service

Royal Voluntary ServiceThe Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) volunteers provide support to older patients who are well enough to leave hospital, with up to six weeks of regular home visits to help them settle back home.

Patients should ask about the service via the nursing staff on their ward or by phoning the team directly on 07766 473 267.

Age UK Wiltshire

Age UK Wiltshire thumbnailThe Wiltshire branch of the UK's major charity for older people offers a very wide range of support and advice.

Age UK Wiltshire (www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire)

British Red Cross: Home from Hospital (for Swindon residents)

British Red Cross 200The British Red Cross can provide extra help to patients at home after a short stay in hospital.

Volunteers provide practical and emotional support - smoothing the process of settling back into a normal routine, to enable people to regain their confidence and independence.

Contact the service at the Great Western Hospital - please see British Red Cross > Home from Hospital Swindon Service (www.redcross.org.uk).

Swindon Carers Centre

Swindon Carers Centre thumbnail

Swindon Carers Centre is a charitable organisation, which is part of the Carers Trust Network.

It provides help and support to the 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon.

It has a team of professionals and trained volunteers to provide a wide range of support and services to help you cope with your caring situation.

Swindon Carers Centre (www.swindoncarers.org.uk)

Carer Support Wiltshire

Carer Support WiltshireCarer Support Wiltshire is a charitable organisation providing support to unpaid carers throughout the county.

It helps carers to access support, services, education and training.

It can also help provide breaks from caring roles.

Carer Support Wiltshire (www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk)

Citizens Advice Bureau Swindon

cab logo thumbnailA stay in hospital can sometimes have a knock-on effect - causing problems in other areas of life.

For example, it may affect your work or have a financial effect.

The Citizens Advice Bureau offers a wide range of advice in these and many other areas.

Citizens Advice Bureau Swindon 

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan thumbnailThe Trust works closely with Macmillan Cancer Support, which helps cancer patients cope with the effects of their illness when they're in their own homes.

They offer practical support and are a valuable resource for information.

Macmillan Cancer Support > Information and support (www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support).

My Care My Support

My Care My Support thumbnailThis is an on-line directory of adult and children's services in Swindon.

It's maintained by Swindon Borough Council.

My Care My Support (www.mycaremysupport.co.uk)

NHS website

NHS logo 141x82The NHS Choices website is the central resource for health-realted information.

It includes a dedicated guide to care and support.

NHS website: Care and support (www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support) 

NHS 111

111 thumbnail111 is the NHS non-emergency phone number, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.

Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Prospect Hospice

Prospect logo thumbnailThe Trust works closely with Prospect, which provides end-of-life care and support in Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire, and in Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Prospect Hospice (www.prospect-hospice.net)


RSPCAIf you're recovering after a stay in hospital, then it might be difficult for you to cope with your responsibilities towards your pets.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals can provide useful advice if this is a problem for you.

RSPCA website (www.rspca.org.uk)

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council logoThe Benefits and support section of the Council website provides full details of the services it provides to the residents of the Borough of Swindon.

Swindon Borough Council > Benefits and Support

Swindon Circles

Swindon Circles thumbnailThis service sets out to find small ways to support an older person with daily tasks, transport, companionship and meeting up with other people.

All its clients are referred via local services, who believe voluntary support will help keep these people active and independent for longer.

Swindon Circles (www.swindoncircles.org.uk)

Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council thumbnailThe Social care and health section of the Council website provides full details of the services it provides to the residents of Wiltshire*.

Wiltshire Council > Social care and health

* Residents of Swindon: please see Swindon Borough Council above


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