Hospital Discharge Service (West Sussex)
Our Hospital Discharge service team of Housing Support Officers are co-located in acute mental health wards and rehabilitation units and in general needs hospitals in Chichester, Crawley and Worthing. The team identify housing issues at an early stage and provide support to prevent homelessness at discharge. Patients receive advice, support, signposting and proactive interventions for homelessness prevention. This reduces the number of patients being discharged to the streets.
Working as part of an integrated team, Housing Support Officers can address any housing issues and avoid delays in discharges. Support includes:
- A professional housing assessment
- Welfare benefits advice
- Signposting and liaison with housing benefit, local authority housing departments, hospital teams, landlords and other support providers
Coronavirus Statement (19th July 2021 - Step 4 update)
At Southdown, we’re heeding the advice to proceed with caution and there will be no changes to our office and community work arrangements across the organisation until September at the earliest. This includes the continuation of social distancing and wearing of face coverings for staff and clients. Staff will also continue to take Lateral Flow Tests prior to attending one of our buildings or conducting any in-person work.
We have resumed in person support and are meeting clients outside, or inside Covid safe venues or homes (in certain circumstances). We are also continuing to offer phone support where this is appropriate.
Clients will be contacted prior to support to ask a few COVID safety questions in order to keep both our clients and staff safe.
How to access:
This service has a closed referal pathway; patients are referred directly to this service by hospital ward staff.
For more information about this service (not referrals), please contact Gareth Liley (Service Manager) via email or phone; contact details are at the bottom of this page.