When your doctor decides you are ready to leave the
hospital, a discharge order will be written. You may want
to make arrangements with a family member or friend
to help you when it’s time to go home. Some important
things to remember:
Many people take part in getting you ready to go
home. On average, it takes 1-2 hours to get everything
ready for you to leave once the doctor gives the order.
Some of the things we are working on are:
- Home care instructions for you or your caregiver.
- Appointments for follow-up care.
- Transportation to your vehicle.
Collect all of your belongings and double-check
closets and drawers. If you have anything stored in the
hospital safe, please notify your nurse for the day so
s/he may contact Protective Services and retrieve your
Your doctor and your nurse will give you instructions
about post-hospital care. If you have questions about
your diet, activities or other matters, please be sure
When you are ready to leave, a member of the hospital
staff will escort you to the front entrance and help you
into the car.
There are occasions when patients need additional
treatment or care after they are discharged from the
hospital. To meet the special needs of these patients, Case
Management offers some specific options. Please contact
Case Management or your nurse if you need assistance
with discharge planning.