Once you are moving around freely on your own, you will be discharged home as soon as suitable arrangements can be made. Planning for going home begins as soon as you arrive in hospital, if you have any fears or concerns regarding discharge please discuss these with your named nurse.
Your named nurse will ask you and your carers about your social circumstances, this is just to ensure that you will be able to manage certain tasks when you go home such as washing, dressing and cooking.
If your named nurse feels you and your carer will require extra support she will discuss this with you, and with your permission arrange for you to discuss your needs with the hospital social worker and Occupational Therapist.
Please discuss your transport arrangements home with your named nurse before your day of discharge. It is possible in some instances to organise hospital transport, if required.
The day of your discharge
On the day of your discharge your named nurse will give you some things to take home with you, these will include:
A letter for your GP (in some instances this will be posted) This should be handed in to your GP by either a relative or friend on the next working day following your discharge.
Medication Any medication you have brought into hospital will be returned to you. You will also be given a 7-day supply of any new medications. The nurse will advise you on how and when to take these.
Outpatient Clinic Appointment You will be given an appointment to be reviewed in clinic. If transport is required then this can be arranged by contacting your GP, providing a week’s notice where possible. If for any reason you are unable to attend your appointment please contact the Outpatient Department to rearrange the appointment.
Care Plan If you have a care package arranged you would receive a copy of the care plan from the social worker before your discharge home. This is for your own information.
Discharge Record This provides details about your stay and is for your own information.
Mobility aids It is important that you have your walking aids, wheelchair and any other equipment that you require.
Patient Information Please take home any written information given to you during your stay and please do not hesitate to use the contact numbers if you require any further advice.
Valuables Please ensure you have all your valuables with you.
General Advice after Discharge
You should anticipate at least a 12-week period of convalescence at home before you are able to resume your normal activities.
Walking/stairs Remember to use your crutches until your consultant or Nurse Practitioner Therapist tells you to stop. Check the rubber ends on your crutches regularly. If they are wearing smooth consult the Physiotherapy Department at your local hospital, who will arrange to change them.
Exercises When sitting, keep your leg elevated on a chair or stool. If possible your leg should be slightly higher than your hip as this will help reduce any swelling.
Remember to take your leg down regularly to do your exercises and prevent your leg becoming stiff.
Cars and driving It is inadvisable to drive whilst wearing a cast, splint or restrictive bandage. Always check with your insurance company before starting to drive again. It is not the responsibility of your consultant to make this decision. He will advise when he feels driving will cause you no harm.
Work How soon you are able to return to work will depend on the type of job you do. It will be at least 6 weeks before you can return but you should discuss this with your surgeon when you see your consultant in the Outpatient Department.
Wound care Keep your wound dry until your stitches or clips have been removed. Your clips/stitches will be removed when you attend the Outpatient Clinic. Once these have been removed, you can shower if you feel able.
Pain Take your painkillers as prescribed. Do not take more than the stated dose.
Contact your doctor if you have any pain or swelling in your calf or if you have
any chest pain.
You will be followed up as an outpatient at regular intervals after your discharge from hospital. Please use this opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have. You are also welcome to call the ward for advice, following your discharge from hospital.
Return of equipment
Please return all walking aids to the Physiotherapy Department at the hospital in which you stayed, when they are no longer required. All other equipment should be returned to the loan equipment store it came from, ring them and they will collect it.
Useful Contact Numbers
Below are some numbers you may find useful once you have been discharged, please do not hesitate to contact any number for additional help or advice, the staff would be happy to help you.
Newcastle General Hospital Fracture Clinic (0191) 256 2813
Freeman Hospital Musculo-skeletal Outpatients (0191) 223 1109 / 223 1040
Newcastle General Hospital
Ward 20 Tel: 256 3520
Ward 21 Tel: 256 3521
Ward 35 Tel: 256 3535
Ward 17 Tel: 213 7017
Ward 18 Tel: 213 7018
Ward 19 Tel: 213 7019
Ward 20 Tel: 213 7020