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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.

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

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.

Accessing the service: This service is available through the discharge team at Salisbury District Hospital for those living in the catchment postcodes.

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.

What if I'm not eligible or want another similar service?

RVS Swindon Home from Hospital Service

A Home from Hospital service is in operation in Swindon for people being discharged from the Great Western Hospital. It is operated by a different organisation called 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.

Useful links

Useful information guides

Age UK produce a range of useful information guides and factsheets that can be viewed and downloaded from the Age UK website:

Your hospital stay

Home safety checker

Getting help at home

Advice for carers

All Age UK guides and factsheets

Alternatively you can order hard copies by phoning Age UK's national advice line on 0800 169 65 65.