Before you’re discharged, the hospital should make sure you’ll be able to cope at home. You – and, if you want, your family or carers – should be involved in any planning for your discharge.

Next steps

See our factsheet Hospital stays for more information on what to do before, during and after a hospital stay.

If you weren’t given a care needs assessment before you left hospital and think you should have been, contact your local council’s social services department. Find their contact details through the government website

If you feel you’re being discharged too early from the hospital, or you think you’ll need more help and support when you return home, call our Helpline on 0800 319 6789.

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