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The Home from Hospital service is in place to help support older people who have returned home after a stay in hospital.

It is a temporary service designed to support with everyday tasks until the client feels able to cope on their own again.

The aim of the service is to provide a short-term support service (up to 4 weeks) to people aged 65 and above being discharged from hospital to enable a timely discharge and to ensure where possible individuals are not readmitted to hospital.

We provide practical support within the limitations of the service, which may include troubleshooting immediate needs such as medication (liaising with hospital/GP); equipment (through appropriate personnel); collecting a prescription; essential shopping; light household tasks; referring to other Age UK Wiltshire services.

We support our clients to obtain a long-term and sustainable solution to manage practical tasks rather than creating a reliance on our services.

The service is currently only available in the Salisbury area in postcodes:  SP1, SP2 & SP5

This service is available through the discharge team at Salisbury District Hospital.

If you feel this service is appropriate for you or a member of your family please speak to a member of staff on your ward before you come out of hospital.

A Home from Hospital service is in operation in Swindon for people being discharged from the Great Western Hospital. It is operated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).

RVS volunteers provide support to older patients who are well enough to leave hospital, with up to six weeks of regular home visits to help them settle back home.

Patients should ask about the service via the nursing staff on their ward or can contact RVS on 01793 466617 for more details.