Discharge pack

Before you leave hospital you will be given a set of postnatal notes, with information about your labour, delivery and postnatal care in hospital.

The community midwife who visits you at home after you leave the hospital will refer to them when planning your care.

You will also be given one envelope containing a copy of your delivery and discharge information from your health visitor; please keep this letter at home until your health visitor visits. They will be in contact with you in the next week to 10 days.

In addition to personal information for your GP, midwife and health visitor, you will also be able to access the following online:

  • Personal child health record (PCHR) - sometimes referred to as the 'red book', this is the personal health record that records a child's growth, development, and use of health services. Details of your baby's newborn examination and hearing screening should be recorded in here, and it will remain as a record for all immunisations etc. throughout childhood. 
  • Rosie hospital postnatal guide - this details, in booklet form, the information for you and your baby that can also be found elsewhere on these pages.
  • 'Fit for the future' leaflet - produced by the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health (ACPWH), this gives further advice on physical recovery after the birth, including pelvic floor exercises.
  • 'A mother's and others guide to feeding and caring for your new baby' - if you are breastfeeding your baby this booklet is full of information, including positioning, attachment, expressing and weaning.
  • 'Guide to bottle feeding' - if you have chosen to formula feed your baby, this Department of Health leaflet outlines safe ways of making up feeds, sterilising bottles and storage etc.
  • 'Your guide to childhood illnesses' - produced by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, this leaflet gives information on childhood illnesses that can be treated at home, or by a pharmacist or GP, and lets you know when you should seek urgent medical treatment.

If there is anything you don't understand, or if you have any questions about the leaflets, please ask your community midwife.

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