Early Supported Discharge

What is ‘Early Supported Discharge’?

Early Support Discharge is about helping people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leave hospital as soon as possible and be cared for at home. This leaflet will tell you all about it.

 How does it work?

To avail of this service you must be referred by your respiratory nurse or consultant and:

·Be over 50

· Be well for at least 24 hours before going home

·Have adequate support at home. Availing of this service is your choice.

 If you are happy to take part, a nurse will visit you in hospital to introduce herself and answer your questions about the service.


Just like when you are in hospital, when you go home, your consultant will still be responsible for your care. The assigned nurse will visit you and keep your consultant and respiratory nurse up-to-date with how you are doing. If your condition gets worse, or if you or your family are worried, you will be admitted to hospital right away.

What to do if your condition gets worse?

If this happens during normal working hours – Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm – contact your nurse or your consultant. They will arrange for you to come into hospital.

If you feel unwell outside these hours, contact ward 3 in Altnagelvin Area Hospital and staff will arrange your admission.

Please do not ring 999 for an ambulance. If you need an ambulance the nurse, consultant, respiratory nurse or ward 3 staff will arrange this for you.

Contact details

Our early supported discharge nursess are Ann Box, Ann Kennedy and Catherine Farren Tel: 028 7186 5157.

To contact ward 3, Altnagelvin Area Hospital, ring the hospital switchboard – Tel: 028 7134 5171.

If you have any questions or worries, contact your respiratory nurse, consultant, project nurse or ward 3 staff