Hospital discharge

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Hospital discharge

Day case patients

For 24 hours after a general anaesthetic, you should:

  • Have a responsible adult with you.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take things gently including having time off work until you feel fully recovered.

You should not:

  • Make any important legal or financial decisions or sign any such documents.
  • Be left alone caring for children.
  • Drive.
  • Cook, boil a kettle or operate machinery.
  • Drink alcohol or take sleeping tablets.

Longer stay patients

  • If you remain in hospital longer than is necessary you are at far greater risk of losing your independence or developing complications such as infections or DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
  • From the day you are admitted to hospital, the staff involved in your care will work together with you and your relatives/carers to assess your needs in preparation for leaving hospital.
  • On the first day of your stay you will receive an estimated date of discharge (EDD) which may change as your care progresses.
  • As part of your treatment it may be necessary for you to move to another ward, sometimes at short notice, but you and your relatives/carers will be given as much information as possible.
  • Before you leave hospital you will be given a limited supply of any medication that is required and any changes that have been made will be explained to you.
  • You will be given a written discharge summary which includes details of your medication and any changes. Please also take a copy of this to your next GP appointment.

Discharge arrangements

These may include any of the following options:

  • Returning to your usual place of residence with no additional support.
  • Returning home with either short-term or long-term support services in place. Please let us know as soon as possible if you already have support services in place.
  • Moving to a short-term rehabilitation or intermediate care setting as close to your home as possible.
  • Moving to alternative housing or care home.

Discharge preparation

When your discharge date is identified you and your relatives /carers will need to make thenecessary arrangements which may include:

  • Suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Transport home.
  • Access to a key to your property.
  • Reinstate any private care arrangements.
  • A suitable supply of food and adequate heating in your home.

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