Hospital Discharge

Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they care for

Before the person you care for is discharged from hospital you the Carer are involved in the discharge process.  This applies for planned or unscheduled admissions.  This applies where it is likely that you will be providing care after the person you care for is discharged.

If the person you are caring for is admitted to hospital, the health board must take appropriate steps to:-
  • Inform you as soon as it can about when the person you care for is to be discharged;
  • Invite your views about the discharge; and
  • Take your views into account when planning the discharge (as far as ‘reasonable and practical’).
  • You must be involved in the discharge process whether the person you care for is going home or somewhere else, i.e. a care home, another hospital etc.
  • The health and social care professionals should begin a conversation with you as soon as possible, early conversations may help plan for appropriate support following discharge.

From April 2018 local health boards have a duty to involve Carers, including Young Carers in discharge from hospital when:

The person being discharged is likely to require care following discharge.

The Carer can be identified without delay.

Why is it important to be involved?

Getting information

You can get information about when and how the discharge from hospital will happen.  You can better prepare and helps ensure the person you care for has support to help them at home after discharge.  It also means you can inform staff about how things are at home, you can find out about follow up plans, appointments and medication.

Get involved as early as possible

You should tell the staff on the ward you are a Carer.
Give them your contact details.

What should you do

Talk to the person you care for.  Check they are happy for you to discuss their hospital discharge, the staff need the permission of the person you care for because of confidentiality.  Think about how their discharge will impact on you as a Carer.

The hospital has a duty to involve you in the discharge of the person you care for.

Have a conversation about what support and help the person you care for needs to let them live safely.  Give your views about the discharge. You may be required to attend a discharge planning meeting where a variety of staff, you and the person you care for can attend.

These discussions may be in person or over the telephone to arrange the details of when and how the discharge will take place.

Hospital discharge checklist for Carers

Speak to hospital staff and let them know you are the Carer and how they can contact you

Speak to the person you care for to get consent to discuss their care with staff

Ask questions at discussions about hospital discharge.  Let staff know what caring you are able and willing to do when your relative comes home

Think about how you will cope with any changes in your caring role and if you need an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carer Statement