Support at home following discharge from hospital should be arranged in the hospital before you leave. If you discharge yourself from hospital there will often be a delay in organising support at home.
When you leave hospital you may need help with things that you could easily manage before. You might need to make small changes for a short while. You may get help from your family or friends until you are able to do things for yourself.
Ward staff can 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 will find it difficult to manage at home without help you will need to have an assessment before you go home, to identify your needs and discuss the 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
- provision of aids and equipment
- rehabilitation e.g. physiotherapy + occupational therapy
- confidence building
- continence Care
- help with preparing meals
- oersonal care e.g. washing and dressing
We do not usually provide the following:
- domestic activities e.g. routine cleaning
- care of pets
Sourcing care privately
You can organise your own care when leaving hospital. We would recommend that you find an agency through the Guide to Independent Living, 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