When You Are Discharged
Your doctor determines when you are ready to be discharged. Your doctor and nurse will give you discharge instructions and answer any questions you have about managing your treatment and medications once you are home. If you are confused or unsure about what you need to do, what medications you must take or if you have to restrict your diet or activities, don’t be afraid to ask and take notes. Be sure you understand any instructions you have been given before you leave the hospital.
When your doctor feels that you are ready to leave the hospital he or she will authorize a hospital discharge. Please speak with your nurse about our discharge procedures.
Here are few tips to make the discharge process run smoothly:
• Be sure you and/or your caregiver have spoken with a case manager and that you understand what services you may need after leaving the hospital.
• Verify your discharge date and time with your nurse or doctor. Discharge times vary. Once your doctor has determined you are ready to be discharged from the hospital, you will be released shortly thereafter.
• 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, etc.
Transfer to Another Hospital
Depending on your insurance provider, you may need to be transferred to another hospital for your ongoing care needs once your condition has been stabilized. This could occur if your insurance does not cover hospitalization at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.