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Coming out of hospital

What will happen:

  • You’ll be given an estimated leaving date within 24 to 48 hours of being admitted to hospital
  • Your progress will be reviewed and if there’s likely to be a change to your leaving date a discharge co-ordinator or ward co-ordinator will keep you updated

Read more about what happens after surgery on the NHS website.

    Assessment and care plan


Before you leave you will have an assessment which will look at your needs. If the assessment shows that you need extra support you might be visited by:

  • A social worker
  • A physiotherapist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A speech therapist
  • A mental health nurse
  • A dietician

You will be fully involved in the assessment process. Family carers will also be kept informed and involved but only with your permission.  

If you need help putting your views across, an independent advocate may be able to help. 

Care plan

Your care plan will be drawn up with your involvement. This will show the support you will get and will include details of:

  • Who is looking after the care plan
  • Who is providing support and how to contact them
  • The support you will get when you leave
  • When and how often support will be provided
  • How the support will be monitored and reviewed
  • Who to contact if there's an emergency or if things don’t work as they should
  • Any charges that will need to be paid if this applies to you

    On the day you leave

On the day you leave the hospital will make sure that:

  • You will have a copy of your care plan
  • A copy of your care plan will be given to your carer if you have one 
  • Any carerworkers will be available if needed
  • Your GP is notified in writing
  • Transport is arranged to get you home
  • You have any medication or other supplies you’ll need
  • You’ve been shown how to use any equipment, aids or adaptations needed
  • You have appropriate clothes to wear
  • You have money and keys for your home

If you are going to a care home, the home will also be told the date and time and have a copy of the care plan.

    Available support

This depends on your circumstances and might include:

Short term needs

 Long term needs

Finding your own support

If you're arranging your own care and support you can find more support services in our directory.

    Carers' involvement

If you're going to provide care for the person leaving hospital you can ask us for a carers' assessment.

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