Your stay in hospital will usually vary depending on your progress. Once you are moving your arm well, you will be discharged home as soon as suitable arrangements can be made.
Usually you will be required to attend for outpatient physiotherapy to continue with treatment and this will be arranged with you prior to your discharge home. Normally this will involve you returning as an Outpatient to Freeman Hospital Physiotherapy Department.
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 meal preparation.
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, approximately 2 weeks after your surgery. If transport is required this can be done by yourself 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. If your physiotherapist feels it necessary, you will be given an Outpatient physiotherapy 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.
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
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. You should discuss this with your surgeon when you see him in the Outpatient Department.
Wound Care All dressings should be left undisturbed until your consultant sees you in the Outpatient Clinic. Keep your wound dry until your stitches are removed.
Exercises Continue to do your exercises as instructed by the physiotherapist. Do not lean on your elbow, or push or pull heavy objects.
Pain Take your painkillers as prescribed. Do not take more than the stated dose. If you notice any increased pain, swelling, or if you wound starts to ooze please contact your General Practitioner.
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.
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