No-one wants to stay in hospital for longer than necessary and it is generally better for your recovery if you are back in the comfort of your own home.


When you are in hospital you will be regularly reviewed by the team looking after you. This will include doctors, nurses and other health professionals responsible for helping you to recover. When they feel that you are better and no longer need to be cared for in hospital, you will be discharged. This is better for you as avoids a long and unnecessary stay in hospital and means that we have a bed available for someone else who needs to be cared for in hospital.


What happens when I am discharged?

Our priority is always to discharge you to the best possible place to support your recovery. In most cases this will be to your home. You may need some further support to help with your recovery or practical help, such as with shopping – this will all be discussed with you as part of your care plan.


Occasionally you may need more complex care following your discharge. Where this is the case we will look to transfer you somewhere in the community that can provide the temporary specialist care and rehabilitation that you need.


All of your discharge arrangements will be discussed with you and your loved ones if you want them to also be involved.


Why can’t I just stay in hospital?

It’s important that our hospitals are able to look after those who need hospital care. Lengthy stays in hospital can be detrimental to a patient’s recovery and we will always try and get you back to the comfort of your own home where it is safe to do so. If you can’t go straight home we will ensure that you are cared for in a bed in the community.


What if I need further treatment, such as physiotherapy?

If you need further care or support this will be discussed with you once you are discharged and a care plan will be put in place to make sure that you have everything you need. A team of professionals will oversee your discharge and once you are at home they will make all the necessary arrangements to help you in the next stage of your recovery or care. This could include:


  • Arranging follow up appointments to review a wound or remove stitches
  • Arrange for the community nursing team to visit you regularly
  • Organise other social support, such as shopping
  • Arrange further care in another place, such as a care home, hospice or community bed

What if I have any concerns after discharge?

As part of your discharge you will be given information and contact details so you can contact the ward if you have any worries or concerns.

Patient information leaflets

Hospital discharge: leaflet for patients when they enter hospital

Leaving hospital to go home

Leaving hospital to go to another place of care

Looking after friends or family when they leave hospital