What is a discharge plan?
The written plan should include:
- the name of the person who is responsible for making sure the patient’s move from the hospital back to their home goes safely and according to plan
- details of the patient’s medication and treatment clearly stating who is providing treatment and when it is supposed to be carried out, what to do in an emergency, details of any support, help and equipment that will be provided
- training for you as the carer if you have to provide medication or treatments or use specialist equipment such as a hoist
- transport arrangements e.g. how the patient will get home from the hospital or back to the hospital for follow-up appointments
- details of any contact to be made with community services e.g. GP, district nurse or social worker
If you are not happy with the hospital’s plans for when the patient comes out of hospital, you should tell the nurse in charge or your social care worker. If you are not satisfied with their response, see the consultant or arrange to speak to them on the phone. If you are still not happy, contact the PALS (Patient Advice Line Service) office of the hospital concerned.
Before making any decisions you should consider the full implications, including the financial implications. You need to have very reliable information and advice. Speak to one of our Carer Support Worker on 020 8960 3033 or email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.