Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Discharge

Hospital discharge information

Once you are better, your recovery will be faster back in your own home. It is also important that our hospitals are able to look after people that need hospital care. Due to this, once you no longer need care in hospital, as decided by the health team looking after you, you will be discharged. It is always our priority to discharge you to the best possible place to support your recovery.

In most cases this will be to your home. You might need some extra support to help your recovery or practical help, such as with shopping.

If you require more complex care, this could be in another bed in the community.

Your needs and discharge arrangements will be discussed with you and your family, if you would like them to be involved.

Prepare for discharge

  • Speak to staff about your care plan after discharge
  • Include relatives and friends in the conversation – can they offer support to you once you are home
  • What extra help might you need at home


Your hospital discharge: going home

 

Why am I being discharged from hospital

You are being discharged from hospital as your health team have agreed that you are now able to return home.

 

Why can’t I stay in hospital?

It is important that our hospital are able to look after people that need hospital care. Due to this, once you no longer need care in hospital, as decided by the health team looking after you, you will be discharged. It is always our priority to discharge you to the best possible place to support your recovery.

You will not be able to remain in hospital if you choose not to accept the care that is being offered to you.

 

What can I expect?

Your health team will discuss discharge and transport arrangements with you (and a family member, friend or carer if you wish). If you require care and support when you get home, this will be arranged.

If you need more care now than when you came into hospital, this additional care will be provided free of charge for up to six weeks to support your recovery. After this time, you may be required to contribute towards the cost of your care.

 

Who can I contact?

After you have been discharged, if you have any concerns or need to speak to someone about your care, you can contact:

  • Worthing Hospital – 01903 205111 ext 84708
  • St Richard’s on 01243 788122 ext 35398

Your hospital discharge: another place of care

 

Why am I being discharged from hospital

You are being discharged as your health team have agreed that you are now able to continue your recovery in another care setting, outside of hospital.

 

Why can’t I stay in hospital?

It is important that our hospitals are able to look after people that need hospital care. Due to this, once you no longer need care in hospital, as decided by the health team looking after you, you will be discharged. It was always our priority to discharge you to the best possible place to support your recovery. You will not be able to remain in hospital if you choose not to accept the care that is being offered to you.

 

What can I expect?

Your discharge and transport arrangements will be discussed with you (and a family member or carer if you wish) and you will be discharged with the care and support you need to a bed in the community.

If you need more care now than when you came into hospital, this additional care will be provided free of charge for up to six weeks to support your recovery. After this time, you may be required to contribute towards the cost of your care.

It is possible that you may be moved more than once after your discharge. This is because we will be trying to find the best place for your ongoing care. Your health team are here to answer any questions you might have

 

Who can I contact?

After you have been discharged, if you have any concerns or need to speak to someone about your care, you can get in touch with:

  • Worthing Hospital – 01903 205111 ext 84708
  • St Richard’s on 01243 788122 ext 35398

Looking after family or friends after they leave hospital?

This lists useful advice for family and friends of people needing ongoing care or support with day-to-day life. Support may be in the home or remotely (e.g. by phone), and might include:

  • Emotional support like helping someone manage anxiety or mental health
  • Housework like cooking, cleaning or other chores
  • Personal support like help moving around, washing, eating or getting dressed
  • Assistance with getting essential items like medicine or food, or
  • Help to manage money, paid care or other services

 

What to consider if you are looking after someone:

  1. Get help from others with caring and everyday tasks:
  • Try not to do everything yourself! Speak to friends and family about what support the person needs and what others can do to help. Can they share any tasks?
  • Go to the Carers UK and Carers Trust websites for information about support available. Carers UK also have an online forum where you can speak to other carers, and a free helpline, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on 0808 808 777. Carers UK website https://www.carersuk.org/
  • If you are employed, talk to your employer about managing work whilst caring. You may be able to arrange flexible working and many employers offer other ways of making things easier.
  • If you are at school, college or university, let them know you are caring for someone so they can help you manage your studies. Carers Trust has lots of helpful advice for young people looking after family members or friends. Carers Trust website https://carers.org/
  • Check what your council or local authority can offer. Find their websites using the online postcode tool at www.gov.uk/find-local-council. Services may change during the pandemic.
  • Get specialist advice about caring from condition-related organisations like Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, MIND and others. Many offer support for carers too.

 

  1. Look after your health as well as the person you support: It’s important to look after yourself to stay healthy and avoid burning out. Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and try to make time each day for physical activity. Taking time for yourself to exercise or take a few breaths can relieve stress and help you manage each day. Check the NHS ‘Every Mind Matters’ website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for more tips. If your own health or the health of the person you support gets worse, with coronavirus or another illness, talk to your GP or call NHS 111.
  1. Think ahead to make care manageable if things change: Write down what care the person needs and what others should do if you can’t continue providing care for any reason. It’s important that others can easily find your plan and quickly understand what needs to be done if you aren’t there. Carers UK have advice on their website on how to make your plan.
  1. Read the Government guidance for unpaid carers: For more detailed advice on caring for friends or family during coronavirus search for ‘unpaid care coronavirus gov.uk’ online.
  1. Register for extra support from NHS volunteers: Carers as well as those they care for can get a range of help including with shopping and other support by calling 0808 196 3646.

 

For further information please see the Hospital Discharge Policy – Hospital Discharge Policy

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