We want you to feel prepared when it is time for you to leave the hospital. Remember, we will only discharge you when all the necessary arrangements have been made for your needs.
Your healthcare team will help you plan for going home. If you have any concerns about leaving hospital, please talk to your nurse or the nurse manager. They can arrange for other members of the Mater Hospital team, such as a social worker, to give you the help you need.
Your doctors and nurses may decide to continue your treatment in your own home. This can be with support from the local health service or other healthcare organisations. This could include nurse visits, physiotherapy, blood tests, dressings and antibiotic treatments for example.
If you are concerned about any of these issues, talk to your nurse as soon as possible so that we can ensure that the necessary arrangements have been made before you go home.
On the day you are discharged, we ask you to leave the ward by 11am. If you can’t go straight home then, the nursing staff will arrange for you to be taken to the Patient Transfer Unit. The Patient Transfer Unit is a ward designed for people who are waiting to be picked up on the day of their discharge. There is a seated waiting area and there are nursing staff on the unit. Tea/coffee and sandwiches are provided.
We ask patients to move to the Patient Transfer Unit so that we can admit another patient to the bed as soon as possible. This is important for someone who is unwell, for example a person being admitted from the Emergency Department.
Before you leave hospital, there are some things that you should do.
There are also some things that you should make sure you have before you leave, including: