Going Home

Before being discharged from hospital, we will work with you and with other relevant health and community service providers to ensure that we understand your anticipated, current or ongoing needs. Through this process we can ensure that we provide safe and appropriate care, discharge or transfer to other facilities.

What does this mean?

  • You will receive required community service at a scheduled time
  • Your local medical officer or GP will receive a report that explains your admission to hospital
  • You will receive information about ongoing medical treatment and medication

How do we do this?

  • When you are admitted to hospital we will ask for your consent to share information with relevant home care services and other health care providers
  • We hold a discharge planning meeting that brings together representatives from the hospital and community services
  • If necessary, we will organise a meeting with you, your family and the relevant members from the health care providers

Questions to ask prior to leaving hospital

  • When can I return to work?
  • When can I play sport?
  • When can I drive?
  • Will you give me a written summary of my care to give to my doctor?
  • Who will follow up on my care and when will I see them?
  • How long do I have to take this medicine?
  • Do I require physiotherapy or other rehabilitation services?