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Going into hospital can be a difficult time. You may need to go to hospital for planned tests or treatment, or admitted in an emergency. If your treatment is planned, a little preparation can make things easier.
Think about who will look after things while you are away. You may need to arrange with a family member or friend to help out with things like checking on your home, picking up post, looking after your pet, if you have one.
If you look after someone else, you will need to find someone to take over this role while you are in hospital, and possibly for a while, when you come home.
If you are a carer, both you and the person you look after may be entitled to support from your local council. For more information, see Looking after someone.
When you or a member of your family go into or come out of hospital, the benefits you get may change. This depends on the type of benefit you get, and the length of time you stay in hospital. It can also affect your partner or carers benefits. To find out more, see the Turn2us website.
The hospitals in Essex provide information online about how to prepare for your stay, what you should bring with you, as well as other information on what to expect when you arrive. To find out more, see the relevant hospital information below.
The NHS has a video which explains your stay in hospital and what to expect.
Age UK have a comprehensive guide called Your hospital stay (PDF, 495KB). It explains what to expect when going into hospital, what should happen while you're in hospital, and the steps that should be taken to prepare for your discharge.
Hospital staff should contact Essex County Council's Adult Social Care team to arrange a discharge assessment. This is so they can find out what help you need when you go home.
You'll be involved in the assessment and agree a care plan together.
This should include things like:
For more information about arranging care before you leave hospital, see the NHS website.
When you leave hospital you will be given a discharge summary, and a copy will be sent to your GP. This will provide information about your treatment and future care needs.
See the NHS website for more information about what happens when you leave hospital (discharge).
If you have had a short illness or an operation, you might only need care for a short time to get back to normal. This is called intermediate care, reablement or aftercare.
For more information on reablement, see regaining your independence.
Soon after you leave hospital, your social care team will check if your care plan is right.
If you're likely to need care for longer than 6 weeks, they'll work with you to put a care plan in place.
Care plans are checked once a year, but if at any time you feel your care isn't right, contact Adult Social Care on 0345 603 7630 and ask for a review.
Some local organisations offer home from hospital services. This might involve someone visiting you at home for a short time after you're discharged, to help with tasks such as shopping, collecting pensions or picking up prescriptions.
Check to see if the following offer home from hospital services in your area:
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