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Planning your discharge from hospital

If you feel you would benefit from support upon discharge from hospital, then you should let your doctor or nurse know. They will make sure that the Hospital Integrated Discharge Team is aware that you are in hospital so that someone can come and see you before you are discharged.

Your ward should give you an expected date of discharge. It is important to make sure that everyone is aware of the date. This means that everyone involved can work towards the date and make the necessary arrangements. Please help us make sure your discharge happens as smoothly as possible.

Before you are discharged, you will be assessed as to whether or not it is safe for you to return home. If you have any concerns about returning home, please let your nurse, doctor or allocated worker know as soon as possible.

Even if you are able to return home without further health or social care support, you may still need to make arrangements to ensure you stay safe and well after you are discharged.

You need to think about:

  • Getting home – Speak with your nurse if you require support getting home
  • Suitable clothing and footwear if you don’t have any with you in hospital
  • Making sure you have a key to your home
  • Making sure you have food at home
  • Making sure your home will be warm enough when you return
  • What support your carer or family members might need
  • Restarting any private care arrangements.
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