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Discharge summary

NICE Guideline NG53 - Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

A summary of what happened during a person's admission and hospital stay from a medical perspective. It must include the diagnosis, outcomes of investigations, changes to treatment and the medicines started or stopped, or dosage changes and reasons why.

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A report or letter that is sent to your GP when you have stayed in hospital, so that your GP knows what has happened and what you need. You should also be given a copy. The report should explain why you were in hospital, what treatment you received, the results of any tests that were done, what changes may have been made to your medicines, and any follow-up care that is needed.

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