Preparing for Discharge
Your physician determines when you are ready to be discharged. Your physician and nurse will give you discharge instructions and answer any questions you have about managing
your treatment and medications once you are home. If you are confused or unsure about
what you need to do, what medications must take, or if you had to restrict your diet or
activities, don't be afraid to ask and take notes.
Be sure you understand any instructions you have been given before you leave the hospital.
When your doctor feels that you are ready to leave the hospital he or she will authorize a hospital discharge. Please arrange to have a friend or relative pick you up.
Please speak with your nurse about our discharge procedures. If you are discharged in the morning, please arrange for a family member to pick you up as soon as possible. Another patient may be in the emergency department waiting for a room.
Here are a few tips to make the discharge process run smoothly:
- Be sure you and/or your caregiver have spoken with the discharge planner and that you understand what services you may need after leaving the hospital.
- Verify your discharge date and time with your nurse or doctor.
- Have someone available to pick you up.
- Check your room, bathroom and bedside table carefully for any personal items.
- Make sure you or your caregiver has all necessary paperwork for billing, referrals, prescriptions, etc.