Burma Star Association
Burma Star Association

Leaving Hospital Checklist

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.

When you go home

tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow,

we gave our today

Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945 Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945
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