Leaving hospital

Receptionist at Harefield HospitalGoing home

A provisional ‘going home’ date will be discussed when you are admitted.  As soon as your doctor feels you are well enough, this date will be confirmed. If you have any worries about returning home, please tell your nurse or the social worker.

On your day of discharge, you may be asked to vacate your bed. You will be able to wait in our day room for your transport home. While you are waiting. a nurse will complete your discharge process.

Health insurance forms and sickness certificates

If you need a sickness certificate for your employer, we can only sign one for the time you have been in hospital. Your GP will provide a certificate for any further cover.

If you require a health insurance form to be completed, please tell the nurse looking after you or the ward administrator and they will arrange this.

Transport home

Please arrange in advance for a relative or friend to collect you when you leave hospital. If this is impossible, notify your nurse as soon as possible as it could take up to 48 hours to arrange transport.

If you arrived at hospital by hospital transport please ensure your nurse knows this on admission. 

How you can help us before you leave

Here are some helpful and useful things you can do before you leave the hospital that will help our staff: 

  • Leave a forwarding address with your nurse
  • Remind the person who is collecting you to bring your clothes (if you are travelling on hospital transport you should wear outdoor clothing and not nightwear)
  • Ask your nurse for any medical certificates you may need
  • Collect any valuables you brought with you

Individual staff are not allowed to accept personal gifts but sometimes patients wish to show their appreciation by means of a contribution. Read more on our fundraising pages.

When you are back at home

Please feel free to telephone the ward if you want advice at any time.