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Support after a stay in hospital

Please note: support at home following discharge from hospital should be arranged in the hospital before you leave. Also, if you discharge yourself, there will often be a delay in organising support at home.

When you are discharged from hospital you may need help with every day things that you could easily manage before. 

You may need to make small changes when you get home or do some things differently for a short while. You may get help from your family or friends until you are able to do things for yourself. 

Ward staff may put you in touch with a home from hospital co-ordinator if the hospital has one. You can ask for a family member or friend to be with you to discuss your options.

If you are worried about someone who is coming home from hospital, speak to the ward staff who will advise you how you can help to plan for their hospital discharge.

If you will find it difficult to manage at home without some help you will have an assessment before you return home to identify and agree your needs and to discuss the help and support available.

If appropriate, we can arrange short term support for when you return home to help you recover and maintain your independence, for example:

  • Medicine management
  • Reablement
  • Provision of aids and equipment
  • Rehabilitation e.g. physiotherapy + occupational therapy
  • Confidence building
  • Continence Care
  • Help with preparing meals
  • Personal care e.g. washing and dressing 

We do not usually provide the following:

  • Domestic activities e.g. routine cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Care of pets
  • Finances

Before the end of your short term support you will have a review to see if you need further support.

Sourcing care privately

If you are sourcing care privately we would recommend that you find an agency through the Care Choices Adults Care and Support Services Guide 2018, working in partnership with us and/or NHS Choices, to find suitable care and check it meets national standards. The Care Quality Commission website can tell you about providers’ standards of quality and safety.

Contact details for hospital discharge planning teams

If you were discharged from Addenbrooke's Hospital:
South Discharge Planning Team
Addenbrooke's Hospital, PO Box 195, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ
Tel: 01223 729165

Email: [email protected] 
More information on preparing to leave Addenbrooke's

If you were discharged from Hinchingbrooke Hospital:
North Discharge Planning Team
Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, PE29 6NT
Tel: 01480 416087

If you were discharged from Peterborough City Hospital: 
North Discharge Planning Team, Transfer of Care, Level 3, Peterborough City Hospital, Edith Cavell Campus, Bretton Gate, Peterborough PE3 9GZ
Telephone: 01733 677 518

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