We know that it’s much better for a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically ready to do so.
That’s why we’re doing everything we can to reduce prolonged hospital stays and help our patients continue their recovery at home or, for those that can’t go straight home, within a care location most suited to their needs.
Launched in February 2022 the ‘When am I going home?’ campaign is designed to empower and encourage patients and their families to feel confident in asking questions about their care and recovery beyond the hospital setting.
We recognise it can sometimes be hard for patients to ask questions about where their care is up to, especially if they’re unsure about their illness or they can see staff are busy; but encouraging them to ask key questions can help them feel more in control of their recovery.
The campaign is centred around 4 questions that patients can ask so they understand everything they need to know about their care and recovery plan:
- What is wrong with me?
- What is going to happen next?
- What can I do to help myself get better?
- When am I likely to go home?
It focuses on 2 key audiences; older patients who are admitted to hospital, and their families/carers.