Going home

Information for patients and carers about what patients need to consider when going home after hospital care.

If you have any difficulty with transport, follow-up treatment, or help at home, please ask the nurse managing your care or ask to see a social worker.

Before you leave, staff will return the following medications to you:

  • Correctly labelled items that you are to continue taking
  • Non-prescription items you have purchased

The following items will not usually be returned:

  • Medicines you don’t need to take any more
  • Out-of-date medicines
  • Medicines with unreadable or missing labels

Staff may also give you information about any new medicines you will be taking. To find out more information about your medicines, see HealthInfo.

You may need a follow-up appointment in an outpatient clinic, at the Physiotherapy Department or other specialist clinics. The clinic or department will send you a card with your appointment date and time.

A member of your health care team will refer you to another hospital specialist or other health professional for assessment and treatment if needed.

Referrals are also possible if patients or their family/whānau ask for a second opinion, or treatment to be provided by another health professional.

  • We usually aim to discharge patients around 11am
  • So we can discharge you at the right time and admit new patients, staff may ask you to wait in the Day Room until all paperwork and tests have been completed
  • Staff will make sure you are comfortable until ready to leave with your family or friend
  • Staff will give you discharge information, including a copy of the letter sent to your own doctor explaining your condition, treatment, changes to your medicines, follow-up required and details of any help arranged for you at home
  • Ask if you need a medical certificate for your employer
  • You may also be given a prescription for medicine. Let staff know if you want them to fax it to a pharmacy to be ready for collection on your way home. Be aware the pharmacy may charge for the fax
  • Make sure you know of any changes to your medicines:
    • What is the medicine called?
    • What is it for?
    • When and how do you take it?
  • To find out more information about your medicines, see HealthInfo
  • Staff will tell you your likely discharge time so you can contact family or friends for your transport arrangements
  • Once you are home, we suggest you contact your usual doctor if you need medical services
  • We will send a written report with detailed information to your doctor as soon as possible after you go home

Page last updated: 18 October 2018

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