For maternity patients
Following discussion with you in hospital, your midwife will arrange transfer of your care to the community midwifery team and you can go home. If you have had an uncomplicated birth the midwives will discuss with you when you can go home. For some women this could be as soon as two or three hours after the baby was born. Before you are discharged, we will run through the discharge procedure and give you information and a leaflet about how you can access support and sources of help. If you are travelling home in a car, you will need to bring a baby car seat or have carry-cot restraints fitted to your vehicle.
For gynaecology patients
Before going home, there is a comprehensive discharge procedure that we follow to ensure you are fit to leave our direct care. We will endeavour to let you know the approximate time you will be ready to leave us so that you can arrange for family or friends to collect you.
You will be guided through what you need to do at home to aid your recovery. Details of any follow-up appointments will be given to you as well as any medication to speed recovery.