Going Home

Discharge time is 11:00am

Preparing for Discharge

Your doctor, nurse and other members of the health-care team will work with you to plan the care you will need when you are discharged. Your doctor will decide when you are ready to leave the hospital. If services such as nursing or therapy, or equipment such as beds or oxygen are needed at home, the case manager or social worker may be involved in helping arrange this. They will also help you with applications to facilities and with financial concerns if you are unable to return home.

Medications to be Taken at Home

If you are given prescriptions for medications to be taken at home you will need to have them filled at a pharmacy of your choice. The Hospital Pharmacy does not provide take-home medications.

Discharge Checklist:

1. Arrange early in your stay for someone to pick you up from the hospital. Remember that discharge time is before 11:00am on the day of discharge.

2. Review any written instructions from your doctor or nurse and be sure to ask any questions you may have about medications, activity, and diet after discharge.

3. If your doctor has given you a prescription for medications to take at home be sure you know what the medications are and what they are for. Arrange to have someone take the prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice and to get the medications.

4. Make sure you know when you are to return to see your doctor and how to make arrangements for any treatments you may need (e.g. rehabilitation therapy).

5. Remove any valuables you may have left in the hospital safe. Check to see that you have packed everything you brought with you.

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