Going into and leaving hospital

Leaving hospital

When you leave hospital you will be given a discharge summary, and a copy will be sent to your GP. This will provide information about your treatment and future care needs.

The NHS has more information about what happens when you leave hospital (discharge).

Age UK has guidance on leaving hospital

Mind, the mental health charity has guidance on:

Temporary care

If you have had a short illness or an operation, you might only need care for a short time to get back to normal. This is called intermediate care, reablement or aftercare.

Ongoing care

Soon after you leave hospital, your social care team will check if your care plan is right.

If you're likely to need care for longer than 6 weeks, they'll work with you to put a care plan in place.

Informing us of changes to your care needs

Care and support plans are checked once a year, but if at any time you feel your care isn't right, contact Adult Social Care.

Call Adult Social Care

Telephone: 0345 603 7630
Textphone: 0345 758 5592

Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 5pm
Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm

For out of hours queries contact the Emergency Duty Service.
Telephone: 0345 606 1212

You can also email the Adult Social Care team and someone will get back to you.
Email: socialcaredirect@essex.gov.uk

Home from hospital

Some local organisations offer home from hospital services. This might involve someone visiting you at home for a short time after you're discharged, to help with tasks such as shopping, collecting pensions or picking up prescriptions.

Check to see if the following offer home from hospital services in your area:

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