Spending Christmas in hospital may be necessary for some but, for most, there’s no place like home.
We know that people recover and rehabilitate better at home and at this time of year in particular it is important for people to be at home in comfortable surroundings with family and friends.
Staff from across the Trust and community, including doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers are working closely with patients to plan their safe discharge from hospital, ensuring they are medically fit to be discharged and get them home for Christmas.
Darryn Allcorn, chief nurse, said: ‘Our staff our doing everything they can to support people and it is fantastic if people are well enough to get home in time for Christmas. We need to know that when they get home they will be safe, warm and supported to enjoy their Christmas, and that’s why we are asking people to help us.’
If you have a family member, a friend or a neighbour in hospital, there are a number of things you can do to support their discharge from hospital including;
- Staying in contact with the ward they are on so everyone is clear on the expected date of discharge
- Supporting with any necessary arrangements to provide suitable clothing and shoes for the patient and understanding ongoing medication needs
- Organising the patient’s transport home – NHS funded transport is only available to those who have no alternative or are going to another NHS or social care service.
It also helps to do little things like popping some milk and food in their fridge, turning on the heating in their home and checking for trip/fall hazards like trailing cables and rugs. All these things can help ease the discharge of patients and get them back in their own homes in time to celebrate Christmas. We will care for you like our own, but there is no place like home.