Let’s Get You Home campaign

The Let’s Get You Home campaign is a major initiative across the STP to ensure that patients spend no longer than they need to in hospital. It supports people to return home safely or, if this is not possible, to move to a care home or supported housing once their treatment in hospital is complete.

Hospitals have a duty to ensure that their beds are occupied only by people who need treatment there. Let’s Get You Home will help make sure they have beds available when they are most needed, especially through the winter when more people are ill or have accidents.

There is a lot of evidence to show that patients recover better away from hospital:

  • Ten days of bed rest in hospital leads to the equivalent of 10 years ageing in the muscles of people over 80.
  • Patients may become used to living in hospital, leaving them less able to manage in their own homes.
  • Hospitals work hard to prevent infections but can’t eliminate the risk of a patient catching one which they may be ill-equipped to resist.

The initiative includes:

  • Staff having earlier conversations with patients about how they will leave hospital – usually within 24 hours of being admitted – and being given clear information about their choices.
  • Hospital staff and local council adult services teams working more closely with each other to ensure patients have the care and support they need to return home (or go into a care home or supported housing if they can’t go home).
  • More assessments on people’s long-term care needs taking place in their own homes, where they can be assessed more accurately, rather than in hospital.
  • Making patient choice policies consistent across Sussex and east Surrey so the process of leaving hospital will be the same wherever patients are treated.
  • Establishing pilots in hospital wards across Sussex and east Surrey to develop and share good practice on getting patients safely home.
  • New plain English leaflets for patients and staff and clearer information for patients.

Campaign resources

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