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Date: 09 February 2023
The most common question patients ask is ‘When can I go home?’ In an effort to improve the discharge process so that patients and their families can plan more effectively, we have established a standard time (10am) for all hospital discharges.
During your stay, members of your healthcare team will discuss discharge plans with you and provide information on follow-up appointments, medications and other instructions necessary to follow at home. To enable you and your family members to make arrangements, your doctor or nurse will discuss with you the date of planned discharge. If you are unable to leave the hospital by 10am on the day of discharge, you will be encouraged to wait in the Discharge Lounge until you are collected.
The Discharge Lounge offers a comfortable and convenient place for patients who have been discharged from the ward and are waiting transportation home. The lounge is staffed by a professional health care team who can assist you as required.