Carers and Hospital Discharge

As a carer you may be concerned about how coronavirus will impact your health, the health of the person you care for and/or your caring role. Lanarkshire Carers Centre have provided some useful information and guidance to help you understand the current situation and the impact this will have on their services. The Scottish Government has also issued advice for unpaid carers on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they care for

Before the person you care for is discharged from hospital, you the carer can be involved in the discharge process.  This applies for planned or unscheduled admissions. 

The local health boards have a duty to involve carers, including young carers in discharge from hospital when:

  • The person being discharged is likely to require care following discharge and the carer can be identified without delay

If the person you are caring for is admitted to hospital, the health board must take appropriate steps to:

  • Inform you as soon as it can about when the person you care for is to be discharged
  • Invite your views about the discharge
  • Take your views into account when planning the discharge (as far as ‘reasonable and practical’)

You must be involved in the discharge process whether the person you care for is going home or somewhere else, i.e. a care home, another hospital etc.

The health and social care professionals should begin a conversation with you as soon as possible, early conversations may help plan for appropriate support following discharge.

Having a conversation with the hospital staff

Have a conversation (in person or over the telephone) about what support and help the person you care for needs to let them live safely.  Give your views about the discharge. You may be required to attend a discharge planning meeting where a variety of staff, you and the person you care for can attend.

Think about how their discharge will impact on you as a Carer

Let staff know what caring you are able and willing to do when the person you care for comes home.

Think about how you will cope with any changes or your new caring role.  You can find out about Carers Assessments, it may help you if you need an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carer Statement.

There is a range of information you can access on NHS Lanarkshire about going into hospital.

You can get more information and advice from Care Information Scotland where you can find out about discharge planning and coming out of hospital.

Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Phone: 01698 428090
Email: Lanarkshire Carers Centre