Hospital stays

Be prepared for when you go into hospital and leave, and find out what help you can get.

If you're expecting a planned stay in hospital, there is advice and information available on the NHS Choices website about:

It is also worth noting that your benefits may be affected. For more information, visit the Independent Age website.

Leaving hospital

Whether your stay in hospital is planned or not, you may need support at home when you return from hospital.

While you're in hospital, the ward staff will discuss with you how you will manage on your return home.

If you need a specialist bed, mattress or pressure care, this will be arranged through the hospital discharge coordinator.

If you need other equipment to help you manage, the ward staff will refer you to the hospital occupational therapist who will assess your needs and make arrangements to provide any equipment if necessary.

You may also be offered short-term care (reablement), which will work with you to be as independent as possible.

If you're unable to manage once you're home, either contact your community nurse for advice or call us on 020 7926 5555.