Let's get you home from hospital

Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group is taking part in a big initiative to ensure that patients spend no longer than they need to in hospital. There is good evidence to show that patients recover better outside hospital when they are well enough to leave.

Patients will be supported 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.

The "Let’s Get You Home" initiative will also help local hospitals to have beds available when they are most needed, especially through the winter when more people are ill or have accidents.

Let’s Get You Home will ensure that:

  • Staff will have earlier conversations with patients (usually within 24 hours of admission) about making plans for leaving  hospital and they will be given clear information about possible options.
  • Hospital staff and local council adult services teams will work more closely with each other to ensure patients have the care and support they need to leave hospital safely.
  • More assessments on people’s long-term care needs will take place in their own homes whenever possible, where they can be assessed more accurately, rather than in hospital.

Please see the following booklets for more information:

Let's get you home patient booklet

Let's get you home staff booklet

Let’s Get You Home is being implemented by the 24 NHS organisations and councils across the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, including adult services teams at West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council. Healthwatch and patient groups have also been involved.

Take Home and Settle

Our partners at Age Uk and Guild Care are working together to provide a "Take Home and Settle" service for people when they are discharged from St. Richards hospital, Chichester or Worthing Hospital.

You can find out more about the project by watching this short film: