Going into and leaving hospital

Coming home from hospital

Leaving hospital and coming home can be a time of mixed feelings. Although you will probably be looking forward to getting home, you may also have some worries about how you will cope. You will not be sent home from hospital until you are medically fit to go, but you may still need some care when you get there.

While you are in hospital a nurse will speak to you about preparing to leave hospital and your situation at home. Depending on your needs and what support you have, the nurse may then ask a member of Adult Services staff to carry out an assessment, with your consent, of your care needs and see if you are eligible for help from Adult Services.

What if I find it difficult to cope when I get home?

If you are receiving support but are still experiencing difficulties coping, or if you return home from hospital without any support services and are finding it difficult to cope, contact Adult Services on 0300 555 1386

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Find your local Patient Advice Service

Patient advice is available in all main hospitals although the name of the service may differ (eg Patient Advice and Liaison Services(PALS), Patient Support Service, Care UK).

The service provides confidential advice and support to anyone who has worries or concerns about healthcare.

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What am I entitled to?

The local authority is here to help everyone understand their needs and, if required, provide an assessment.

For more information about what help you are entitled to, please see the Who can get help from Adult Services web pages.

Try our online self assessment