Planning for Discharge
It is important that you think about how you will manage when you get home. Talk to your doctor about any possible changes in your physical capabilities, as well as expectations of your recovery, restrictions and/or rehabilitation before coming to hospital.
Following discharge from hospital, you will require someone to drive or accompany you home. Day patients can be met in the Day Procedures Centre Discharge Lounge located on Level 4 of the Tulloch Building, adjacent to the Day Procedures Centre.
For overnight patients, discharge is prior to 10.00am. We ask you to vacate your room by this time to allow us to prepare for the next patient. If you are unable to leave by this time, please notify the Nursing Unit Manager who will make any necessary arrangements. The lounge rooms on each ward can accommodate patients who are required to wait beyond 10.00am.
For the first 24 hours after your procedure it is important that you:
- Do not drive a car
- Do not drink alcohol
- Do not remain on your own (unless approved by your specialist)
- Do not make complex or legal decisions
We advise that you should be in the company of a responsible adult for 24 hours after a procedure. You may be asked to follow detailed instructions after you leave hospital. These may include medication instructions. We advise that having a responsible adult with you during these discussions is important following administration of an anaesthetic.
Things To Consider Before Coming To Hospital
- Transport Home – Think about how you will travel home. In most cases, you will need to be picked up before 10.00am. If you are transferring to another local hospital we can usually arrange transport for you.
- Support Network – If you live alone or have limited support, could a family member or friend come and stay with you?
- Carers – Will a partner or family who care for you need assistance? Will you need assistance if you are the carer for someone else?
- Housekeeping – Subsidised Homecare is quite limited in availability and scope. Private agencies may need to be considered.
- Food – If you think you may be unable to prepare meals when you get home, you could consider cooking in advance and freezing the food. Alternatively, there are private meal delivery services or Meals on Wheels. We can help you arrange these services.
- Shopping – Think about how you will get your shopping. Some supermarkets offer home delivery and some may provide phone order and delivery. There are also food shopping sites on the Internet that will deliver.
- Mobility & Hygiene – Will the environment in and around your home (such as stairs) make it difficult for you to manage?
- Home Nursing – If it becomes apparent that you will need ongoing nursing care after your discharge, we can help to arrange this. It is important to note that assistance in personal care/showering can be quite limited.
If you have any questions about ongoing care and assistance following your discharge from hospital, our Continuing Care Department and Case Managers are able to help you with your planning. They can be contacted by phoning (02) 9487 9757 and leaving a message.