Leaving hospital

When you come into hospital it is important that planning for your return home starts early in your stay and that it is well planned.

Your ward team will start to arrange your discharge from the day of your admission. This will ensure you have a smooth transfer from hospital to home. To help with this process we ask that you let your nurse know as early as possible of anything that may influence your ability to go home.

It is important that we work with you to organise your discharge plan early in your stay so that you do not remain in this acute hospital longer than is absolutely necessary. This is important for you so that you can return to your home as quickly as possible which has been shown to benefit your recovery. It is important for us so that we have beds available to be able to continue to provide acute hospital care for those who need it the most, as you did.


Managing Complex Discharge Policy

Our Managing Complex Discharge Policy has been produced to help ensure that individuals do not remain in an acute hospital bed when they are fit for discharge.

Extensive research has shown that reducing both length of stay in hospital and delays in discharge results in better outcomes for patients. We also need to ensure that acute hospital services are available to those who require them.

Our Managing Complex Discharge Policy aims to support planned discharges and ensure that an individual can function as independently as possible in a safe and supported environment.

Clear communication between patients, their family or representatives and hospital staff is essential to ensure that individuals are able to access alternative care and support services once they are fit for discharge.

We are also working closely with our colleagues in primary care, community services, social services and voluntary services to develop more effective and efficient ways of working to support discharge.

Should a patient be unable or unwilling to return home, appropriate alternative arrangements will be made. 



updated 15 February 2017