Preparing to leave hospital - your discharge

It is very important to prepare for your discharge from hospital. You will need to think about how you will:

  • make your way home
  • look after yourself
  • manage any ongoing health care needs.

We will help you to understand your condition and what ongoing health care you will need, anticipate the things you might not be able to manage yourself, and can suggest transport, meals and support services.

For more information on discharge planning and accessing home care services please read our discharge planning brochure (PDF 575.9KB).

Transport to home

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 ward staff. If you need ambulance transport home we will arrange it if you are covered for ambulance travel (as a pensioner or Ambulance Victoria member). Please note: Private Health Insurance does not cover ambulance transport home.

Coping at home

When you get home you may be tired for several days, even after minor surgery. If you have had an operation and have limited movement, you need to plan how you will fill the fridge, prepare meals, and shower and dress yourself. Read about our services for preparing you for home.

Your discharge plan

Before you leave hospital you will receive a discharge care plan. This plan helps ensure a smooth and safe transition from hospital – whether you are going home, to another health care facility or a nursing home.

Your discharge plan includes:

  • an evaluation of your condition by your health care team
  • a plan for going home or transfer to another health care facility. This may include scripts for your medications and a referral letter to your GP.
  • our recommendations for extra support you will need at home, and whether your carer/family knows how to care for you
  • referrals for home care and other community health care support you may need
  • arrangements for follow-up appointments and test
  • a medication profile from the pharmacy.

We will talk to you about your discharge care plan and answer your questions. Before you leave hospital it is important that you and anyone looking after you have all the information you need to continue your care safely.

Convalescence and rehabilitation

If you require convalescence check your entitlements with your health fund. Rehabilitation is determined by clinical need – please check your entitlements with your health fund.