Hospitals: Carers

Department of Health written question – answered on 7th December 2016.

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Photo of Baroness McDonagh Baroness McDonagh Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications they regard as necessary with carers, or future carers, before patients are discharged from hospital.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

The involvement of patients and their carers is central to timely and appropriate discharge from hospital. Each hospital’s discharge policy should set out how patients and carers will be involved and discharge arrangements discussed.

Discussions should include providing full information about the options available and supplying patients and carers with a discharge plan.

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