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Going Home

Expected date of discharge
When you are admitted to Bowral & District Hospital, your Doctor will let you know when you can expect to be discharged. This date may change, depending on your condition, so it’s important that you discuss this with your Doctor so you can plan any ongoing care that may be required when you get home.

Leaving the Hospital
Your Doctor will help you plan your discharge date as soon as possible, giving you plenty of time to arrange transport and any other needs you may require. Staff will help you prepare to go home, providing support and information including:

  • Who to contact if you become unwell once you get home
  • Who to see next regarding your care. This may be your GP or the specialist who has been seeing you in hospital
  • What medications to take and when
  • What time the community nurse or support team will visit you at home, if this has been arranged.
  • On your date of discharge, you should be ready to leave your room by 10.00am. If you need to wait for your carer or transport home, you may be transferred to the Transit Lounge so other patients can be admitted without delay. The Transit Lounge is located in the Short Stay Ward.

Before you leave, you will be provided with a letter that summarises your condition and treatment provided during your stay. You should take this letter to your GP as soon as is convenient or on your next visit.

Please advise Ward staff if you brought X-Rays or scans to the Hospital. If you don’t take them home, we will hold them for you for six months before sending them to the Medical Imaging Department to be destroyed.

Leaving against medical advice

If you decide to leave the Hospital against your Doctor’s advice, you will be asked to sign a statement which clears the Health Services of all responsibility. Please don’t hesitate to seek further medical attention or return to the Hospital’s Emergency Department if your condition doesn’t improve or causes you any concern.

Managing your care at home
If you are concerned about how you may cope when you leave the Hospital, we can refer you to a range of services that can support you during your recovery. To access these services, please ask your Nurse to refer you to the relevant Discharge Planning or Allied Health professional.

We have additional discharge arrangements for Maternity and Children’s Ward patients, which we will discuss with you when you complete the admission process.

Outpatient services
When you no longer need to stay in Hospital but require ongoing treatment, you may be referred to health services located within the community or outpatient services located within the Hospital grounds. Your doctor will help you determine what appointments you will need to make for further tests or ongoing treatment following your Hospital stay.

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