Coming home from hospital in Cambridgeshire

For more information, visit and see ‘Care & support: Leaving hospital & short-term care’.

Community health services

These are treatment and support-based services provided by NHS staff, including district nurses, specialist nurses, community matrons, dieticians, podiatrists and others.

For more information about coming home from hospital, visit and see ‘Care & support: Planning your care – Leaving hospital, short-term care and reablement’.

Services for which there may be a charge

Community meals

If cooking for yourself is difficult, you might want to get meals delivered by the community meals service. These meals are frozen; you can also get help to prepare them if you can’t do so yourself. Cambridge Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to the elderly and/or infirm in Cambridge and surrounding villages and Melbourne, Ely and Huntingdon and surrounding areas.

Cambridge Meals on Wheels
Telephone: 01223 314288

There are other providers, go to and search for ‘Community meals’.

Help at home after a hospital stay

Care Network’s Help at Home

This service offers free, practical, volunteer help to people who are unwell or have a crisis at home, are returning home from a hospital stay, or are in need of help with a one-off task to help them stay independent.

Checked and trained volunteers give practical and emotional support for up to three weeks to help people regain their independence. They will call in to check people are OK, help with tasks such as picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping and linking people with other services like meals on wheels. One-off tasks may include changing a light bulb or cutting back an overhanging shrub (donations are welcomed for one-off tasks).

Contact Care Network to find out more. Help at Home doesn’t replace statutory services or services reasonably available elsewhere.

Help at Home

South and East Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City
Tel: 01223 714433

Huntingdonshire and Fens
Tel: 01354 694413