Leaving Hospital

We want to ensure that your discharge from hospital goes as smoothly as possible. This page gives you information on what to expect on the day you leave hospital. If possible, arrange for a carer, friend or relative to pick you up from the hospital when you leave. However if you do require transport, please speak to a member of the nursing staff.

A member of your family or a friend may have agreed to support you when you leave hospital. It is important that they know that there is support available for them and that the nurse has given them the information that they will need to help them in their caring role. Find out more information for carers and support that is available.

On the day you are being discharged from the hospital you may be asked to wait in a day room. We would appreciate your co-operation in this as it allows us to prepare the bed you were in for a new patient waiting to be admitted.

Following your discharge a letter will be send to your GP detailing the treatment you have received and outlining any further care you may need. If you require a medical certificate, please ensure that you obtain this from your nurse before leaving the ward, otherwise you may experience some delays in the payment of sickness benefit. If required to continue your treatment, the Hospital Pharmacy will dispense an original pack of your newly prescribed medicines. Please allow sufficient time for this process when making your discharge arrangements.

If you are returning to an address other than your usual address, you should inform your nurse who can then notify your GP or the community nursing service. The doctor will advise you of the necessity for any follow up and the details of this will be sent to you.

If you are worried about your discharge, please do not hesitate to raise any concerns you may have with your doctor or nurse. If you experience any difficulties once you have returned home, please contact your GP at any time for help or advice.