Leaving hospital

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Leaving hospital

It's important we work together to plan for you leaving hospital. You should be given a leaflet called 271p Getting ready to leave hospital.pdf[pdf] 664KB. If you haven’t had this, please ask a member of staff.

You will be in hospital as long as you need the care and treatment. Your doctor and ward team will give you an estimated date when you could leave, which will be continually reviewed by the team looking after you, as circumstances can change.

When you leave

When you leave our care we want to ensure you understand the following:

  • What’s happened whilst you have been in our care.
  • What you should / should not do after leaving.
  • Who to contact if you are worried about your condition.
  • Your medicines and any side effects.
  • Danger signals to look out for.
  • Any follow up arrangements

Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure of anything.

Arrangements for leaving hospital

We will ensure arrangements for leaving hospital are planned with you and if appropriate, with your relative or carer to ensure you have a safe discharge. If required, other professionals will be involved in planning your discharge from hospital. e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers.

Discharge and transfer hub (Pinderfields Hospital) and Discharge lounge (Dewsbury) - on the day you leave hospital, you may be transferred to the discharge lounge where the final arrangements will be made. We will ring your relatives or friends to pick you up from the discharge lounge if this is required. A date and time for your return home will be agreed with you, your relatives and/or carers in advance.

Getting home - we expect people to arrange transport home themselves. Hospital transport can only be provided on medical grounds if no other form of transport is appropriate. If you have any problems getting home please tell us as soon as possible, so we can help you make plans.

Medicines to take home - if required, we will make sure you have enough medicines to go home with. We will make sure your GP knows if there has been any changes made to your medicines. The nurse will talk to you about how to take your medicines and any side effects to watch out for once you go home. Further supplies should be obtained from your GP.

Medicines helpline - If you have any questions about your medicines please contact the MY Medicines helpline where a pharmacist is available to help: 01924 541398 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. Outside these times, call 01924 541000 to be put through to the ward you were discharged from. 

Follow up appointment or care - before you leave hospital you will be given information about any follow up treatment or care you may need.

GP follow up - after leaving hospital you will not automatically receive a follow up visit from your GP. A visit will only take place if there is a medical need. Please contact your GP in the usual way if you have any concerns about your health.

Sick notes - your employer may require a sick note. Please ask a member of staff who is caring for you if you need one.

Pensions and benefits - in some cases benefits and pensions may be reduced when staying in hospital over long periods. Please contact your local Department of Work and Pensions or Citizens Advice Bureau for more information.

Useful contacts

The Trust switchboard: 01924 541000

Need help now, but not an emergency?

NHS website or telephone: 111

NHS conditions Health A-Z

Medication queries?

MY medicines helpline: 01924 541398 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday)

NHS Medicines A-Z

Adult social care – advice, information and assessments for social care support at home

Social care direct (Wakefield) 01924 303456

Gateway to Care (Kirklees) 01484 414933

Single point of contact – nursing and therapy support at home (Adult Community Support)

Visit adult community services

Wakefield: 01924 327591

Kirklees: 0300 3045555