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Hospital discharge

If you have ongoing needs when you are discharged from hospital it is essential that you are not discharged until arrangements have been made to ensure that you have appropriate support and care in place to meet those needs, either at home or in a residential setting. 

Once the medical team have determined that you are ready for discharge, a discharge assessment must take place to determine what (if any) needs you may have on discharge; whether these can be improved with a period of rehabilitation or reablement or, if they are ongoing needs, how they will be met and supported in the community.

Unfortunately, due to the increasing pressures on the NHS we have seen an increase in the number of delayed discharges and “bed blocking” is at an all time high. As a result too many individuals are now being discharged without proper consideration being given to their long term needs. Where there may be a waiting list for preferred residential placements, individuals are being discharged elsewhere in the meantime, to placements that may be some distance from their relatives.

We offer support during the discharge process to ensure that discharge does not take place until a proper assessment of need has taken place and confirmation of how those needs will be met is provided. We will also ensure that consideration is given to how the care and support will be funded, including requesting an NHS continuing healthcare assessment is undertaken where appropriate.

Download our factsheet for more information:

Hospital discharge factsheet >

Have an enquiry? Please contact Paula Barnes or phone 0808 231 6491.

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