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Preparing to go home

Before you leave hospital, staff will help you to plan your departure and will give you advice on how to take care of yourself. 

You may need details about your condition, medication and the treatment that you will need once you are back at home. Depending on your diagnosis, dieticians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists may be available to help before you leave the hospital. 

Staff will also tell you about follow up appointments, rehabilitation and support services that can help with problems you may have after leaving hospital. Sometimes patients need help with health and social care after leaving hospital. A social worker will visit you if you have additional needs once you are back at home.

Don’t forget to ask your nurse for any medical certificates you need and any valuables you handed in for storage before you go. 

We also recommend that if you are a day patient and having any form of sedation that you arrange for someone to take you home.

Discharge Lounges

There are discharge lounges at Glenfield Hospital and the Royal Infirmary.

We provide refreshments in the lounge while you are waiting for transport, relatives or medication to take home. A nurse is available to help with your medical needs and give further advice about leaving hospital.  

Discharge lounge details:

Glenfield Hospital
Leicester Royal Infirmary
The discharge lounge is next to Ward 20 and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7:30pm
The discharge lounge is on the ground floor of the Windsor building and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm
Phone: (0116) 250 2717

Phone: (0116) 204 7869
Download and view the Glenfield Discharge Lounge leaflet here (PDF)  

Things to Think About

Before you leave hospital, it may help to think about some of the following:

  • Will you need food supplies at home?
  • Will you or your carer be able to manage when you return home?
  • If you live alone, can you arrange for a relative or friend to check that your home is ready for your return and to call you soon after you arrive home?
  • Will you have housing problems on discharge?
  • Will your home need to be adapted to meet your changing needs?
  • Are you likely to be homeless when you leave, or soon after leaving, hospital?
  • Will you need help with personal care?
  • Will you need home help to do your shopping, housework, meals or laundry?
  • Will you want meals on wheels?

If you think you may need support at home ask a member of the ward staff to arrange for you to speak to a social worker, who will normally be present at ward round meetings.



If you are supplied with a walking aid, wheelchair or crutches during your stay, please return these to the Outpatient Department when you have finished with them.

The hospital loses thousands of pounds each year through patients not returning appliances.