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Patients & Visitors

Hip Fracture Management

Discharge from Hospital

The occupational therapist will meet with you before discharge to discuss home situation and ensure a safe plan. Discussions and assessments around managing daily tasks eg. getting dressed, washing, meal and drink prep, and getting on and off furniture eg. beds, chairs, toilets will occur.

The OT/PT will liaise with family and carers as they should be involved to determine level of support. The OT will also organise any equipment that is essential to facilitate discharge from hospital.

We will aim to get you straight back home if possible, but some people will need to go to a rehab centre or care setting. Your discharge summary will state what therapy services you have been referred for after hospital.

For Families and Carers

The following is a resource for families & carers of patients with a broken hip and preparing for discharge:

Returning equipment

Please do not bring back equipment to the RUH, phone your local equipment store to arrange collection.

Numbers for equipment stores:

Wiltshire – Medequip: 01249 815052
B&NES Community equipment services: 01225 396717
Somerset: 01823 211699
Bristol, North Somerset & South Glos: 03300 533655
Frames and crutches should be returned to Physio outpatients (but not sticks).

Who to contact after discharge?

Within the first 24 hours of discharge:
Contact the ward you were on. Phone the RUH switchboard on 01225 428331, then ask for the relevant ward.

After 24 hours:
Phone your GP if any issues arise.

In an emergency:
Dial 999

If you haven't heard from your community physiotherapy team

Contact your GP for further information.

If you have equipment that needs returning?

There is a number to call on each piece of equipment.

Additional after-hospital advice following hip fracture

Surgical dressing

Your hip dressing can be removed 10 - 12 days post hip operation. This might have been removed before you left hospital.

We suggest whilst this is on you do not soak the plaster for example in a bath or shower and instead have light strip washes.

If you notice fluid leaking through the dressing, redness around the area or increasing pain in your hip, please contact your GP.

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