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It is very important that we start planning

your discharge at the earliest point to

ensure that you are fully prepared and

have everything you need before you

leave the hospital; ideally this should

start before you come into hospital at

your pre-assessment. This is to ensure that

we do not delay your discharge and that

everything is in place for you to go home,

where you can continue your recovery

with all the necessary support. If you have

not been pre-assessed, we will start the

planning on your admission.

The type of care you will need depends

on the type of treatment you have had.

Your carer is there to ensure your safety

and wellbeing at home.

This is for your own safety.

Inpatients

It is important that you discuss your

discharge time with your nurse. We do

request that on the day of your discharge

you arrange to be collected by 10.30am.

However, if there is a medical or other

reason for you to be discharged at a later

time this will be arranged.

It is advisable to have someone to escort

you home on the day of discharge; please

discuss your arrangements with the

nursing team.

This is for your own safety.

Day-Case Patients

If you have had an operation under

IV sedation or general anaesthetic you

must

arrange for a responsible adult

to escort you home by car or taxi (or

appropriate public transport), and care

for you for the

next 24 hours

.

Copies of test results

You are entitled to request a copy of

any tests such as radiological exams

and blood tests carried out during your

stay, however, these test results must be

discussed with your Consultant first so

they can be put into context.

Take-home medications

You may be prescribed medications

to take home with you. Your nurse

or pharmacist will discuss these and

explain them to you before you go home.

Insurance companies do not cover the

cost of take-home medications or any

physiotherapy aids, including crutches

and slings that are taken off-site.

GOING HOME

Inpatients

Day-case patients

When you get home

GOING HOME