Care After Leaving Hospital

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some services have changed. Find the latest information and advice about our services for vulnerable adults in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

See further information about changes to services.

Planning the care you need at home after a stay in hospital.

Our hospital social work team help you live as independently as possible after leaving hospital. We work with your carers to:

  • Plan for you to leave hospital safely
  • Arrange the care you need at home

We have teams based at the Royal Bournemouth and Poole hospital. If you’re staying at a community hospital, we can visit you.

If you’re due to leave hospital and will need care after you leave, nursing staff will contact us for you. They won’t do this without your permission.

How we work

We’ll talk about what you can do for yourself and what you need help with to live independently. This is called an assessment of needs. If you want your carer to be with you when we talk to you, that's fine.

We can help you with:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Care at home
  • Meals at home
  • Going to a day centre to re-gain skills
  • Rehabilitation to help you re-gain skills
  • Finding out about extra care housing or care homes if you can’t live at home


We won’t charge you for an assessment of needs or any advice we give you.

We may charge you for support after you leave hospital. We’ll check how much you need to pay and what benefits you’re entitled to.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, call us on:

  • 01202 704744 for Bournemouth Royal Hospital
  • 01202 448624 for Poole Hospital 

Support for leaving hospital service

If you don’t need social care, the support for leaving hospital service may be able to help you. They can give you information about food shopping, gardening, housing and financial issues.

This service is run by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association.