Discharge planning is an important part of your patient management. We aim to identify your discharge date as early as possible in your stay and help you prepare for home with any necessary community support.
There are a number of things you must consider to ensure your discharge goes smoothly:
- arrange transport home
- request a medical certificate if you need one
- book an appointment with your GP for a continuing prescription – we only supply you with 3 days’ worth of medication after discharge
- obtain a copy of the ‘Discharge Referral Form’ for your GP
- ask for any private x-rays
- sign the discharge form as you leave the ward
- pay your accounts at the Payments Office
A Community Liaison Nurse is also available to help you with advice and information on various issues about your discharge and ongoing support in the community.
The Admissions and Discharge Office is open from Monday to Friday between 7am and 8:20pm and on Sundays between 8:30am and 4:51pm.
Community Health Services
There are a range of health services that can assist you with your discharge. This includes wound care, stoma care, continence advice, care for the dying, post-chemotherapy support and assessment and health surveillance.
We can also organise follow up services for when you go home. This includes comprehensive and aged care assessments, counselling, nutrition, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other specialised services.
Referrals are made to regional community services for interstate patients.
Please notify your nursing staff on the ward if you would like to meet with a Community Liaison Nurse to discuss your discharge.
All patients have a discharge time of 10am. You can use the discharge lounge if you are awaiting medication, need a discharge letter for specialist appointments or allied health consultation or are awaiting collection by a relative or friend.
The lounge is located near the Hospital’s main entrance and is run by a Registered Nurse. It offers recliner chairs, a TV, reading material, light refreshments and toilet facilities for your enjoyment.
Operating hours are Monday to Friday between 9:30am to 6pm, excluding public holidays.