Day surgery patients will usually go home on the same day. Inpatients requiring an overnight stay will usually be ready for discharge at 9am on the planned day of discharge.
Discharge is Consultant-led, and discharge planning begins from the time you are admitted. The clinical team will involve you in your discharge plan and monitor your recovery to pinpoint the best discharge timeframe for you. Planning in advance will allow you to confirm arrangements you made with your family or close friend for your journey home and support at home.
You will be given a letter for your GP and treatment room (if needed). You may need medications on discharge, this will be prescribed by the medical team and provided to you before you go home by our in-house Pharmacist. Any medications brought into the hospital by you, will be returned to you. The clinical team will give you verbal and written discharge patient information which includes post-surgery advice for your ongoing recovery.
If you are assessed as needing mobility aids, these will be provided to you by the Physiotherapists before you leave.
Any other support requirements assessed and identified during your stay which are related to your surgery will be arranged via community referral by our Nursing Team. If you foresee a requirement for any other community support, please discuss this with your GP prior to coming to hospital. If there is anything we can do to help in this, please let us know in advance of your admission.
Do not drive home yourself.
It is ESSENTIAL that you have an identified responsible adult to accompany you home. If you have had a general anaesthetic, you should ensure someone is with you at home for at least 24 hours.
If you expect that there may be discharge problems, please let us know as early as possible.