What to do when leaving

Every effort will be made to prepare you and your family for going home.  Your discharge plan will start from your time of admission and you will be given an estimated date of discharge as soon as it is medically possible to do so.

  • Plan your arrangements in advance.  How will you get home?  Do you have your house keys?
  • All the health care professionals involved in your care plan will work together with you to get you home in a safe and timely manner.
  • You may also be discharged at short notice if you are deemed medically fit for discharge.
  • On the day of your discharge we ask that you vacate your bed by 9.00 am or earlier.
  • You may be transferred to the Discharge Lounge while waiting for your discharge arrangements to be completed or while waiting to be collected.
  • The Discharge Lounge is a supervised comfortable waiting area.
  • On discharge you will receive a Discharge Summary Letter for your GP and if required a prescription, an outpatient appointment or medical certificate.
  • If you are unsure of any aspect of your discharge plan we would encourage you to talk to the Nurse in Charge in your ward.
  • Please send as much personal property as possible home in advance. 
  • If travelling by ambulance please be aware that there is a strict luggage limit.

Discharge Planning