Planned and supported discharge from hospital is key to reducing readmission rates.
Our hospitals will aim to identify your expected discharge date as early as possible in your stay, for your peace of mind.
You will only be discharged when you are medically fit and can be discharged safely.
Our team will prepare for your discharge and work with you to arrange any additional support you may need before you go home.
There are some things you can do to make sure your discharge from hospital goes smoothly:
- Arrange transport home prior to discharge or talk to our hospital staff about transport options.
- Let your doctor know if you need a medical certificate well before discharge.
- If you need medication after you leave hospital, you may be provided with this as you leave hospital, or be given a prescription to get your medication.
- You may also be advised to make an appointment with your GP or other community services for follow-up care. Make sure you ask your doctor or other hospital staff about any medication or post-discharge support you might require. You might like to have a friend, family member or carer join you to help remember all the details and provide support.
- Ensure you receive a copy of the 'discharge referral forms' for your GP when you next visit them and remember to ask for any x-rays you may need to take with you.
You can also find out more about how we store your health information and how you can access records of your stay in hospital.