The following checklist may be useful should you or a member of your family find yourself in hospital. When you are considered well enough to leave it is important that the following
procedures are in place:
- Your discharge process should be discussed soon after admission. If not with you personally with your nearest and dearest.
- Ask the ward manager for a copy of the hospital’s discharge policy.
- If you need care when you leave, check the hospital has alerted social services - prior to you leaving you will be assessed and social services will put in place any care/nursing you
require. If you have complex health needs, request an assessment to check your eligibility for NHS continuing care funding. Inform staff if you need hospital transport.
- Ask how your condition will affect everyday activities. Check what aftercare is required and if follow-up appointments are being made. Speak to the ward manager if you require medical
certificates completed for insurance purposes.
- You should not be discharged unless you are medically fit, the necessary equipment is in place and any care/nursing services are ready. Ensure that you have the medication you need –
usually 7 days’ supply – and that you know how to take it.
- You and your GP should have a copy of your discharge summary and letter. Read it to confirm it is correct. It should include medication and treatment details, follow-up arrangements
and contacts for any queries.