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Friday 26 February 2021
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Planning Your Discharge from Hospital

This page is intended to help you, your carer, your relatives and friends understand how your discharge or transfer from hospital will take place.  

Most people who have been unwell and in hospital can be discharged back to their own home as soon as they have improved enough to be able to rest at home. 

However, some people may require care after their hospital stay, such as intermediate care, temporary care provided in their own home or longer-term care such as residential or nursing home 24 hour care.

We will involve you in all the decisions about your care, treatment and discharge, and give you all the information and support you need to make the best decisions. If you want to discuss your discharge, please speak to a member of staff on the ward or ask to speak to someone from the Integrated Discharge Team.

The attached leaflet below answers questions such as:

  • How will I know when I will be fit for discharge from Hospital?
  • How will you make sure my discharge is safe?
  • How quickly will I be discharged?
  • What is the Discharge Lounge?
  • What happens once I’m home?


The Trust’s Discharge and Supporting Choice Policy

We want to support you and your family throughout your discharge from hospital. If it is considered that you are ready to be safely discharged from hospital but you or your family’s individual care choices are delaying your discharge from progressing, we will follow our Discharge and Supporting Choice Policy. 

If you wish to make a complaint or appeal against any part of the discharge process then please do speak to the ward teams or discharge team, or contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

How to contact PALS

Call 0161 206 2003 or drop into the PALS office situated on level 1 of Hope Building. The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

You can also email PALS@srft.nhs.uk. Alternatively you can write to:


Patient Advice and Liaison Service

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Stott Lane


M6 8HD


If you would like a copy of this leaflet to be given to someone else or you have any questions, please speak to one of the nurses on your ward or any member of the team caring for you.