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Prepare for discharge

It is very important that you plan for being discharged. You may be tired for several days, even after minor surgery.

If you have had an operation where you have restrictions on the way you can move or drive, you need to plan how you will manage getting fresh food, preparing meals and moving things around your home.

How will you shower and dress? If you need to continue wearing compression stockings, will you be able to get these on and off?

If you do not have anyone at home who can assist with these things, there are simple tricks and a large variety of aids that enable you to be independent with all of these tasks.

Our Discharge Coordinators assist with arranging the best possible plan for discharge. This can include home nursing, home support services and respite, depending on clinical need and health funding.

Preparing to leave hospital

Hospital discharge occurs at 9.30am.

You will need to arrange your transportation home. This needs to be finalised the day before you are discharged. If you have any transportation concerns, please discuss this with the ward staff.

Discharge instructions

Make sure you fully understand your discharge instructions. To help you remember, we will provide you with written discharge instructions.

Make sure that you feel confident knowing how to manage your wound, showering, taking medications, and any other home-care instructions.

Pack your belongings and check your room carefully to ensure nothing is left behind.

Collect your x-rays and any aids that you require for home.

If you have any questions about medications (such as cost, or reason for taking), ask to speak to the pharmacist.

Follow-up call

After you are discharged, a nurse may contact you by phone to check up on your progress and answer any questions that you may have.