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Leaving hospital

If you’re admitted to hospital, we want to help you to leave as soon as you can safely do so.

You’re more likely to feel confident about managing when you get back home if you’ve spent less time in hospital. It also means you’re less likely to develop an infection – especially if you are older or frail.

We are trying to reduce delays so people can get home sooner, while ensuring people are safe and receive the support they need.

What will I notice?

  • You may meet with a ‘discharge facilitator’ while in hospital – these are people whose job is to help you when you are ready to leave hospital, to make sure everything goes smoothly as possible.
  • In the future, the conversation about what support you will need after your hospital visit might take place once you’re back home so you don’t have to wait around in hospital. More
  • Services should become more joined-up and better coordinated so there are fewer gaps and delays.
  • If you have an ongoing health or social care need, you’re likely to be offered support from local community or voluntary groups who can help you get settled back home, and arrange other help if you need it. One example is Hospital to Home, run by Age UK Leeds and the British Red Cross.
  • If your hospital treatment is finished but you’re not quite well enough to go home, you may be offered a period of recovery in a ‘community bed’. These are centres across the city where you can be supported by trained staff, who will help you get well enough to go back home. Leeds is reviewing its community bed service at the moment to make sure there are enough beds available across the city.

The community beds and Hospital to Home services also provide support to people who have had a health crisis or injury so they may not need to go into hospital.

Are you interested in helping to shape how hospital discharge services will work in the future? Please get in touch.