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 concerning:
Collect all of your belongings and double-check closets and drawers. If you have anything stored in the hospital safe, please tell your nurse, who will make arrangements for your belongings to be brought to your room.
Your doctor and your nurse will give you instructions about your care after you leave the hospital. If your doctor prescribes any new medications, you will receive the script before you are discharged. If you have questions about your diet, activities or other matters, please be sure to ask. There are occasions when patients need additional treatment or care after they are discharged from the hospital (i.e. nursing home placement, home health care, durable medical equipment). Your discharge planner will coordinate these options with you and/or your family.
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.