You will need to think about your discharge even before you come
in to hospital as there may be arrangements that you need to make.
Your doctor can provide an estimate of how long you will be
hospitalised and should discuss discharge plans with the nursing
You will be advised of any items you may need to hire or
purchase to use at home when you are discharged and you will need
to arrange to have these available. A responsible adult needs to be
available to take you home from hospital. If you are having major
surgery you may need to have someone who is able to help you with
cooking laundry or housework for a period of time after you are
If you have had a general anaesthetic and are a day stay patient
you must have someone come to take you home
and to stay with you overnight on that day. This is for your own
safety and should not be ignored.
When you are ready to leave a staff member will assist you to
the front reception if required. You will need to ensure you have
the correct discharge paperwork and report to the front reception
to enable you to be discharged from the premises. This is necessary
under health and safety legislation to enable an accurate
record to be kept of those on the premises.
Discharge time is normally by 11.00am. We ask that you adhere to
these times to enable staff to prepare your bed area for any new
admissions coming in. If you are unable to be collected before this
time then you may be asked to sit in the patient sitting room to
await your lift. If you do not wish to do this and wish to stay in
your room then a charge may be made for each additional hour spent
in your room past 11.00am.
Before you leave the ward area ensure you have:
- Your medications and/or prescriptions
- All personal items
- A copy of your discharge information form – hand in to main
- Discharge information/leaflet