Planning For Discharge

It is important that you think about how you will manage when you get home. Before coming to hospital, talk to your doctor about any possible changes in your physical capabilities, as well as expectations of your recovery, restrictions and/or rehabilitation.

Following discharge from hospital, you will require someone to drive or accompany you home.

Day Surgery patients must have a responsible adult stay with them for the remainder of the day and night following the procedure. You will not be discharged unless it is completely safe for you to leave the hospital on the same day. You may receive a follow up call from one of our nurses to check your progress and give you the option to ask questions or clarify information.

For overnight patients, discharge is prior to 10.00am. We ask that you 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 Nurse Unit Manager who will make the necessary arrangements. The lounge area on Level 1 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
  • Do not make complex legal decisions

You may be asked to follow detailed instructions after you leave hospital. These may include medication instructions. We recommend that a responsible adult be with you during these discussions.

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 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 housekeeping 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 meals services or Meals on Wheels. We can help you arrange these services.
  • Shopping – Think about your shopping needs. Some supermarkets offer home delivery and may be able to provide phone order and delivery. There are also food shopping sites on the Internet that deliver.
  • Mobility & Hygiene – Will the environment in and around your home (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 Discharge Coordinator will be able to help you with your planning. The Coordinator can be contacted on 03 9318 3177.