Attending follow-up appointments with your healthcare professionals is an important step in your recovery.

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Your healthcare professional will do the following:

• Discuss and agree with you how often you will need follow up appointments to check your progress and recovery.

• Discuss and agree which healthcare professionals should be involved.

• Ask what is the best way to check up on your progress, for example face-to-face or remotely.

• Check your current symptoms and discuss changes, for example any worsening symptoms and how these affect your life and wellbeing.

You may be given the option to monitor yourself at home, for example to check your own heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level. If this is agreed as part of your assessment, your healthcare professional will support you to do this.

They will discuss with you what the measurements mean and make sure that you know when to ask for more help.

Your healthcare professional will look out for symptoms developing that could mean you need to be referred to a specialist or you need more tests.

Depending on how you are getting on, healthcare professionals will jointly discuss and agree with you a discharge plan. They will talk with you about the best way to do this, by understanding your preferences, goals and other support available to you from friends, groups and family. Healthcare professionals will explain to you who to contact if your symptoms get worse.