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Patients & visitors

Patients & visitors

Patients & visitors

Preparing for home

Important information to help you and your family or carers prepare for you to leave hospital and go home.

We also call this “discharge planning”.

This document should not replace the advice of your relevant health care professional. 

Discharge planning

We want to make sure you’re healthy and safe when you leave hospital.  We’ll start planning for your discharge as soon as you arrive – the earlier we can start planning, the smoother the process will be for you and your family or carers. 

Your doctors will estimate a discharge date based on the reason you were admitted to hospital.  This date may change during your stay depending on how you’re doing and other factors.  Your planned discharge date may also be written on your Patient Bedside Communication Board; please remind staff to update this if it’s not filled in.

Usually, discharge happens before 10.00am.  You may be moved from your ward to the Transit Lounge before you go home.   

We want you to be part of the decisions about going home, so feel free to talk with us about what’s best for you.  


You will need to plan for how you will get home from hospital.  Consider whether a family member will pick you up or if you will need to book a taxi.   You may need to have someone with you for support if you have had a recent procedure. 

Speak with your nurse if you have any questions or concerns, or if you need assistance to organise transport.  


Please ask your nurse for the best parking option closest to the ward you will be leaving from.  

More information about parking is available here:



A pharmacist may talk with you before you leave. They may give you a copy of your medicines list. This will have important information about medicines you have been prescribed.

This list will show any medicines you are currently taking, changes to any medicines, or medicines that have been stopped. 

It can be helpful to have a family member or support person with you for this discussion.  

Future appointments

Your hospital doctor may arrange an appointment to see you after you have returned home. 

Where possible these details are given to you before you leave, otherwise you will be sent a letter in the mail with your appointment details.  These appointments may be in person or via Telehealth.


You may be seen by a member of the allied health team during your hospital stay, who will organise any equipment you may need to use at home.

They will discuss with you any costs involved to hire equipment items; the hospital will usually cover equipment hire for the first 30 days free of charge.

Please speak with your nurse if you have any questions.

Community services and supports at home

Your nurse or other members of your care team may organise support services to help you care for yourself at home.

Make sure you have the details of any services arranged for you before you leave.  

Important discharge information

There are some key documents that you should be provided with before you leave. These include:

  • Future appointments
  • Referrals to other services
  • Medical discharge summary – a copy will be sent automatically to your GP

Medical certificate or carer’s certificate

Please ask your doctor before you leave hospital for a medical certificate (or carer’s certificate) if you need one for yourself or a family member looking after you.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you require these documents to allow us time to prepare them before you leave hospital.

Providing general feedback

We welcome your feedback about your experience and the care you received while you were in hospital. There are lots of different ways to provide this feedback

Download as a fact sheet

You can also download the information from this page as a fact sheet. It also includes a preparing for home checklist.

Contact us

For further information contact:

Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence

Phone: 03 9496 5000