When it’s time for you to leave our hospital, we want to make sure you’re prepared for a successful recovery. Take a look at the list below to make sure you’ve thought of everything, and call your doctor if you have any questions once you’ve returned home.
A nurse, case manager, social worker or discharge planner will help plan your follow-up care. If you have trouble understanding the language being used, you should be provided with translated documents or an interpreter. All patients will be given important directions about their follow-up care, including written instructions.
Before you leave the hospital, be sure to review the Patient Guide. Sections “Don’t Leave Until…” and “Preparing to Leave the Hospital” will give you information that will make your transition more successful.
Things to bring:
- continuing care instructions from your nurse and doctor
- personal items
- items you received while at the hospital
- valuables you deposited in the hospital's safe
- medications being held at the pharmacy
Things to do:
- Let your nurse know where you'd like packages and mail forwarded.
- Visit the cashier to make payment arrangements and pay any charges not covered by your insurance.
- Be sure you and/or your caregiver have spoken with a discharge planner and that you understand what services you may need after leaving the hospital.
- Verify your discharge date and time with your nurse or doctor.
- Have someone available to pick you up.
- Check your room, bathroom and bedside table carefully for any personal items.
- Make sure you or your caregiver has all necessary paperwork for billing, referrals, prescriptions, additional therapy or follow-up care, etc.
Contact: Case Management at (215) 248-8283