We know that being in the hospital can be stressful, which is why our primary goal is to help you heal and get you back home as quickly and safely as possible. Depending on the circumstances and to ensure that you are fully prepared prior to discharge, the discharge process may be lengthy. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Before you leave the hospital, our staff will review your doctor's written instructions with you and will explain any prescribed procedures, activities or restrictions, such as medications, exercise, driving, food, travel and activity. And, they will let you know when to schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor.
Once you are discharged, give a list of your medications to your primary care physician in order to update the information when medications are discontinued, doses are changed or new medications (including over-the-counter products) are added. You should also carry medication information at all times in the event of an emergency situation.
Our staff will also work closely with your doctor and your family to be sure your needs will be met once you get home. These may include arranging for home health visits; home equipment services; outpatient physical, occupational or speech therapy; wound care; rehabilitation; support groups; or other community programs and services.
Since you will be asked to sign papers stating that you were informed of your doctor's discharge instructions, please be sure to ask questions if you do not understand the instructions.
You will then be given a discharge slip to take to the Admission/Discharge Office. You or a family member may settle your account by confirming your insurance information and paying the self-pay portion with cash, a check or credit card or by making special financial arrangements at this time.
Once the discharge slip is initialed and returned to your floor nurse, you may begin dressing, gathering your personal items and making arrangements for a ride home. Our staff will transport you by wheelchair from your room to your vehicle. Carts and assistance are available for transporting your personal items.