If the discharge assessment shows you'll need little or no care, it's called a minimal discharge.
If you need more specialised care after leaving hospital, your discharge or transfer procedure is referred to as a complex discharge.
If you need this type of care, you'll receive a care plan detailing your health and social care needs.
You should be fully involved in this process.
A care plan should include details of:
You'll also be given a letter for your GP, providing information about your treatment and future care needs. Give this letter to your GP as soon as possible.
If you're given any medication to take home, you'll usually be given enough for the following 7 days. The letter to your GP will include information about your medication.
If you need to keep taking your medication, make sure you arrange to get a repeat prescription from your GP before your hospital supply runs out.
Some surgeries require up to 2 working days (48 hours) notice for repeat prescriptions.
If you're registered for patient online services with your GP, you could order your repeat prescription through the NHS website. Simply look up the GP practice using find services.
Your local pharmacy can help you get on top of your new medicines.
If you're sent home with a medical device, make sure you know how to set it up and have been taught how to use it.
Also, make sure you know where to get any supplies you need to use the device and who to call if you need help.
If you're being discharged, arrange for a relative or friend to collect you, or let the staff know if they need to make other transport arrangements for you.
If you're returning home, make sure you have everything you need for your recovery.
It may be helpful to ask a friend or relative to stay with you or visit regularly.
If this is not possible, make sure you have plenty of food, drink and other essentials at home.
You may need a sick note or information for insurance companies or your employer.
Speak to the nurse in charge of your ward if you need a form to be completed.
Do not forget to: