Hospital and NHS related information

Hospital stays and discharge

If you are recovering from an illness or a stay in hospital you may need some help when you get home. This could be practical help like getting in and out of bed, washing, dressing and making a meal, or helping you to get back on your feet again. The hospital might arrange for you to have ‘intermediate care’, which is a health funded service and is to provide you with some short term support. It might also be used to prevent a hospital admission.

Our intermediate care team will determine the most appropriate support for you. Once this assessment has been carried out there are a number of highly trained, specialised teams who can aid your recovery:

  • hospital at home
  • intensive community rehabilitation team
  • rapid response
  • assistive technology
  • acute respiratory assessment service.

You may also be able to receive support from the reablement team or there may be some equipment that we can provide to help you.

NHS continuing healthcare 

As part of your social care assessment, it may be identified that you may also need help and support with your health needs for which we can arrange a healthcare assessment. The healthcare assessment will find out if you are entitled to free NHS continuing healthcare.

  • if you remain living at home, the NHS will pay for healthcare services from a community nurse or specialist therapist and personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing
  • if you move into a nursing home, the NHS will pay for all your care home fees, including board and accommodation if this is considered to be part of your overall care needs
  • if you do not qualify for NHS continuing healthcare then you may have to pay for some or all of your care, although the NHS will still provide for your medical needs.