Throughout your stay, we’re committed to keeping you well informed about your discharge plans and prepared for any needs that may arise after you leave the hospital. Our goal is to help make your transition to the next level of care as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Once your doctor believes it is appropriate for you to leave the hospital, you’ll receive discharge instructions for follow-up care and details about any new medications.
In addition to your doctors and nurses, a case manager may assist you in arranging home care or additional services. NCH social workers are available to provide guidance to help you and your loved ones deal with financial, social and emotional needs related to illness or hospitalization.
As your discharge time nears, we suggest making arrangements for someone to be present when you receive follow-up care instructions. It’s valuable to have someone trusted with you to take notes, ask questions and provide overall support during the discharge process. Some questions to consider asking your doctors or nurse before leaving are:
Before leaving the hospital, you should feel comfortable with the information and instructions provided to you. If you are unsure in any way about your condition, safety, medications or follow-up care, please ask your doctor or nurse for further explanation.
Planning in advance with loved ones and friends can help make your transition to home much smoother. When the moment to leave the hospital arrives, you will be escorted to the Main Entrance or North Entrance. Please arrange for someone to pick you up at the entrance specified by your nurse.
NCH has a fee-based Medicar Transport service for patients who live in the surrounding communities and need an affordable ride home following an overnight stay at the hospital. In addition, NCH’s Courtesy Van is a fee-based transportation service available to individuals receiving outpatient services or tests at any NCH location. For more information about rates and service area, please call 847-618-6480.