Your discharge from the hospital is an important event requiring coordination between you, your family, your physician, and hospital staff. It is important that you and those that will care for you at home understand any instructions from your physician, the nurses and hospital staff. Particular attention must be paid to medication instructions. Following the instructions of your care team can prevent an unexpected return to the hospital.
Planning your discharge
- Your physician will discuss with you and your caregivers when discharge from the hospital will take place.
- Your physician will meet with you and your caregivers to discuss discharge instructions. During this conversation, ask the physician questions about your care at home, medications, follow up appointments, and any concerns you have.
- Get a list of the medications you should take after leaving the hospital. Review the list with your physician or nurse so you know what each medication is, how to take it, and why you are taking it.
- Get any new medications prescriptions from your physician. Be sure your nurse reviews them with you.
- Plan your transportation home in advance. Let the nursing staff know your plans.
Day of Discharge
- Make sure that anyone assisting you at home understands the type of care you will need, what to look for if your condition changes, when to call for help and whom to contact.
- Have someone check the room for your personal items before leaving.
- You, or a caregiver, should visit the Cashier’s office to settle any hospital and physician bills. This may include non-covered items such as television, private room differentials, and any co-insurance or deductibles that your health plan indicates.
- The Cashier’s office is located on the main floor in Building A, and is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:15 pm.
Late Discharge Fee
On the day of discharge, we ask your cooperation to vacate the room by 12 pm (noon). A late discharge fee is charged to patients who extend their discharge beyond 2:00 pm.