Leaving hospital

To make sure your discharge from hospital goes smoothly, here are a few things you need to consider.

Don’t forget your discharge summary

Before you leave hospital, ask for a copy of your discharge summary to take home with you and ask for another copy to be sent to your GP.  This is a record of your care from when you were admitted up to your discharge from hospital. It includes details about your procedure, notes from your doctors and what your health is like when you leave. 

Discuss changes to your medicines

If any of your medicines are new or the doses have been changed, ask the hospital pharmacist to explain the changes to you. Medicine mix-ups are common after hospital discharge so be proactive and make sure you understand everything.

Things to consider before you go home from hospital

  • Have you received a supply of your medication?
  • Have you received a copy of your discharge medication list?
  • Do you need to organise any new medicines?
  • Do you need to organise any special equipment or aids for your home?
  • Have you received a copy of your discharge summary (this also gets sent to your GP)?
  • Do you need to have dressings changed or stitches/staples removed?
  • Do you need to have any tests in the weeks after discharge?
  • Do you need to make any follow-up appointments with your GP and specialist? If so, how soon?
  • Do you have any follow-up appointments with the hospital that you need to write down or get appointment cards for?

Leaving hospital checklist

Take this checklist with you to hospital, and make sure you can tick every box before you go home. If there are any items that you can’t tick, ask your doctor or nurse.

 

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Things you need to know

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

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