The Discharge Process
Your physician will determine when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital. He or she will write your discharge order along with other members of your patient care team. They will provide detailed instructions about continuing care and recovery at home.
Planning Your Discharge
If possible, making plans for your discharge is best done before you are admitted to the hospital. Speak with your nurse or case management representative if you have concerns about returning to your living situation without additional assistance.
Your nurse or case manager can help you:
- Arrange placement at a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation facility to continue your care
- Set up home nursing services if you need them
- Arrange delivery of medical equipment-such as a wheelchair, walker or oxygen
- Understand your insurance benefit for post-discharge services
Our goal is to discharge patients before 11 a.m., although sometimes delays are unavoidable. Your physician or nurse will inform you of your discharge time.
The hospital does not provide discharge transportation. It's best to have someone available to drive you home after you are discharged from the hospital. You should coordinate with a family member, loved one or caregiver to arrange a ride home. Taxi cabs can be called on your behalf as well.
If you are being discharged after an outpatient procedure, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home and should make transportation arrangements ahead of time.
In most cases, your physician will prescribe one or more medications for you to use at home. You should fill these prescriptions promptly after leaving the hospital and follow your physician's instructions closely.