Your stay in hospital will vary. Once you are moving around safely 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 will arrange for you to talk with the hospital social worker and Occupational Therapist.
If you live in the Newcastle area you will be assessed by the Orthopaedic Discharge Team (ODT) who will assess your suitability for their service which provides a two week supported discharge with nurse, physiotherapist and Occupational Therapy involvement.
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 Discharge
On the day of your discharge your named nurse will give you some things to take home, 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 bought into hospital will be returned to you. You will also be given a 28 day supply of any new medications. The nurse will advise you on how and when to take these.
Dressings You will receive a 7 day supply of any dressing you need and a letter for your
- district nurse.
Outpatient Clinic Appointment You will be given an appointment to be reviewed in clinic. If transport is required this can be arranged by contacting your GP providing a weeks notice where possible. If for any reason you are unable to attend your appointment please contact the outpatient department to rearrange the appointment.
Stockings If you have be given anti-embolic stockings to wear during your stay you will receive an additional pair of which should be worn until your doctor advises (usually around 6 weeks).
Care Plan If you have a care package arranged you will 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 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 necessary if you require any further advice.
General advice after discharge
You should anticipate at least a 6-12 week period of convalescence at home before you are able to resume your normal activities.
Walking You will need to use a walking aid for a period of time specified by your consultant. Check the rubber ends on your walking aids regularly. If they are wearing smooth consult the Physiotherapy Department at the hospital in which you stayed.
Stairs Before you go home, you will practice climbing up and down the stairs with the physiotherapist. Always use your crutches on the stairs as shown by the physiotherapist and remember when going upstairs lead with your good leg (unoperated leg), and when going down stairs lead with your bad leg (operated leg).
Transfers When getting on and off a chair, bed or toilet, always use the armrest if available and stick your operated leg out in front of you.
Cars and Driving Do not drive for at least six weeks. 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.
Bathing You must not get your wound wet until the stitches have been removed, once these have been removed you can bath or shower as you feel able.
Exercise Walk about at regular intervals throughout the day. Check with your consultant before commencing any activities.
Work How soon you are able to return to work will depend on the type of job you do and you should discuss this with your consultant or GP.
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.
Not all patients require a follow-up appointment after leaving hospital. Once at home if you have any concerns or are worried please contact your GP or your ward.
Return of equipment
Please return all of your walking aids to the Physiotherapy Department at the hospital where 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.
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.
Trauma / Acute Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner for the hip clinic (0191) 233 6161 ask for bleep 1408
Fracture Clinic Newcastle General Hospital (0191) 233 6161 Ext: 22813
Musculo-skeletal Outpatients Freeman Hospital (0191) 2231109/0191 2231040 Direct Line
Newcastle General Hospital (0191) 233 6161
Ward 20 Ext: 23520
Ward 21 Ext: 23521
Ward 35 Ext: 23535
Freeman Hospital (0191) 233 6161
Ward 17 Ext: 37017
Ward 18 Ext: 37018
Ward 19 Ext: 37019
Ward 20 Ext: 37020
Newcastle General Hospital (0191) 233 6161. Ask the switch board operator to Bleep 1899 or DECT 29370.
Freeman Hospital (0191) 233 6161 Ask the switch board operator to contact the Senior 1 Physiotherapist, Orthopaedics.
Newcastle General Hospital (0191) 233 6161 Ask the switchboard operator for the Occupational Therapy Department and ask for the Occupational Therapist
Freeman Hospital (0191) 233 6161 Ask the switchboard operator for the Occupational Therapy department and ask for the Occupational Therapist.
Contact the relevant hospital switchboard and ask to speak to the Social Worker.
Pharmacy Help Line
Newcastle General Hospital (0191) 2824179 Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Freeman Hospital (0191) 223 1230 Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Health Information Service (0800) 66 55 44
Newcastle (0191) 219 4662
North Tyneside (0191) 200 6184
South Tyneside (0191) 454 0927
Northumberland (01670) 730595
Gateshead (0191) 402 6433 (ask for home loans)
Durham (01388) 812 812