A special message from our Clinical Chair, Dr Nicola Decker:
Each year, hundreds of patients spend Christmas Day in Basingstoke North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester. While this may be the right place for most, for many it is the last place they want to be.
We know how important it is for people to be back home with family, friends and neighbours at Christmas which is why we’re doing everything we can to make this happen. It can also help them recover more quickly in comfortable surroundings with family and friends.
It’s a real team effort with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and lots of others working together to make sure everyone who is well enough can leave hospital and be home for Christmas.
And you can help us too. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour in our hospital, there are things you can do to support their discharge from hospital, including:
All these things can help people leaving hospital get back in their own homes more smoothly and in time to celebrate Christmas.
Remember there’s still a range of health help and advice available to you and your loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period should you need it. Why not download the NHS app. Once home from hospital follow any advice provided on the discharge summary first, but if you’re unsure what to do, call NHS 111 or contact your GP surgery.
Some pharmacies will be open during the bank holidays, so take a look at here if you think you might need one.
Our Need NHS Help IN A Hurry? page can help point you in the right direction if you need other help.
If you are able to help, thank you from us all, and have a really happy and healthy Christmas.