Coronavirus (COVID-19): visiting The Royal Marsden suspended

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest: Visiting The Royal Marsden is still suspended, but we want to reassure our patients, their families and anyone worried about cancer during this difficult time that we are still delivering treatment - the hospital is open. Please see more information here about how we are keeping everyone safe.

What happens after my hospital stay?

Before leaving the hospital, there are some things you will need to do:

  • Make sure that arrangements have been made for your return home, such as travel plans or a relative or friend to stay with you if necessary.
  • Make sure you have any drugs or medicines which you need to take at home, and check that you understand the instructions on the container. You will be given two copies of your prescription.
  • Make sure you have any equipment that you are to take home on loan. You will be asked to sign a receipt for this and to return equipment straight away when you no longer need it.
  • Check that you have the contact details of your specialist nurse(s) in case you have any questions or worries when you are at home.

Your length of stay in hospital will be estimated when you are admitted, and your medical team will review this each day. It is possible that we may not know whether you will be ready to leave the hospital until the day itself.

When you have been medically assessed by your consultant or a member of their clinical team and are medically fit to go home, we will discharge you.

If you have a GP we will ensure they know that you have left hospital within a day or two.

Leaving the hospital

To help our admissions process run more smoothly we ask that you are ready to vacate your room by 10:00am on the morning of your discharge, and that you make appropriate transport arrangements.

If you are waiting for transport or medication to take home, you may be asked to wait in one of our private patient reception areas.