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Leaving hospital

Once a decision has been made about your discharge this will be communicated to you. Please be aware this may take several hours while the preparations are made for you to leave hospital with all the relevant paperwork and medication.

When you are ready to be discharged, we will arrange for you to be transferred to the discharge lounge - this is a comfortable place for you to wait until your relatives or friends can pick you up.

If you are not being discharged to your home you and your family will be consulted to find the most appropriate accomodation.

You will be given a copy of the discharge summary to take home along with any medicines you require. In addition you are able to receive a copy of the letter sent to you GP - please let your doctor know if you wish to receive this.

If you are able to make your own travel arrangements please inform staff.

All patients who meet eligibility criteria for hospital transport will have their transport arranged by the hospital.


If you have any questions about your discharge home please speak to a member of nursing staff.


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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.


These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.