Step 4: Discharge
Arrangements for your discharge from SWLEOC start at your pre operative assessment visit. From the answers to your questionnaire, the Discharge team understand your circumstances at home and provide any equipment needed, such as a raised toilet seat for patients undergoing hip surgery. If more support is required, then Intermediate Care Nursing support or Physiotherapy is organised and provided by your local Primary Care Trust (PCT). Many patients manage very well without additional support, but with the help of family members and friends.
Depending on your individual circumstances, your discharge coordinator will confirm with your family or your local PCT, the planned date for your departure from SWLEOC. You will be given a limited supply of medication to take home and a written discharge summary which will also be sent to your GP. Further discharge information and contact numbers are in Your Patient Journey Booklet.
Many patients go home on their third day but generally you can expect to be going home four or five days after your surgery. This of course depends on your specific circumstances
Patients receive an estimated discharge date, which is usually 2-3 days post-operatively if you’ve had a joint replacement. Our aim is to make sure you receive care and support in the best place for you. This may involve important and significant changes for you and your relatives/carers, which will be fully discussed with you.