Discharge

At Stevenson Memorial Hospital, we are committed to helping our patients plan and prepare for a safe discharge. Throughout your stay in the hospital, your healthcare team will endeavor to keep you updated on your progress and treatment plan as much as possible. At your bedside, you will find a whiteboard with important information including the name of your nurse, doctor, important messages, any appointment times, and a colour-coded planning system to help you prepare for discharge.

The Patient and Family Roles and Responsibilities vary depending on the amount of time until the patient is discharged:

DISCHARGE IS MORE THAN 3 DAYS AWAY

Patient & Family Roles and Responsibilities is to tell the healthcare team:

• How I was managing at home.

• Who was helping me at home (CCAC,family, community services);

• What equipment (e.g., walker) I require

• What will help me return home if I am experiencing any pain

• Follow the advice of my healthcare team.

• Ask questions if I don’t understand.

• Share my concerns about discharge.

 

DISCHARGE IS 2-3 DAYS AWAY

 

Patient & Family Roles and Responsibilities:

• Follow the advice of my healthcare team.

• Continue to ask questions if I don’t understand.

• Share concerns that may affect my discharge

• Check with my nurse about:

• Medications & pain control

• Daily goals & physical activities

• Danger signals to watch for at home

• Communicate with my family/friends

• If I am returning home, prepare a plan for:

• Transportation before 10:00 a.m.(e.g., family, Home at Last program)

• Clothing

• Medications and prescriptions

• Groceries and meal planning(e.g., Meals on Wheels)

• Home care services (i.e., a variety of nursing, homemaking, and therapy services for eligible clients. For further information, please call 705-435-5595.)

 

DISCHARGE IS WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS

 

Patient & Family Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Ask my healthcare team if my discharge plan is in place.
  • What community services have been arranged?
  • What follow-up appointments will I need?
  • Who do I call if I have any questions? (e.g., family doctor, Telehealth)
  • Confirm discharge transportation plan.
  • Take all personal belongings and medications with me.
  • Confirm help with daily needs, such as meals, groceries, and bathing.
  • Obtain my prescriptions and prepare to have them filled at my pharmacy.
  • Leave the unit before 10:00 a.m. on discharge day.
  • Arrange follow up appointment with Family Doctor.

Once a patient is discharged, they are given specific instructions for what they do. Patients must approach Patient Access and settle any outstanding payments.

Furthermore, in order for the discharge to run as smoothly as possible, the patient and their family should:

  • Have clothing necessary for discharge.
  • Pack, remove, and transport all personal belongings.
  • Make sure that all prescriptions for medications are filled.
  • That the family is available to take patient home at the time of discharge.
  • Inform patient care unit about any delays that may occur.
  • Have a certified car seat for an infant or small child.


The time of discharge is set at 9:30 a.m. Please arrange for your transportation to arrive before that time.