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After your discharge

Your specialist, in consultation with you and the nursing staff, will decide when you are ready for discharge. This process is important because it ensures that your care is formally transferred from the hospital to your specialist and/or general practitioner.

The nursing staff will assist in the arrangements for your discharge, in consultation with you and your specialist.

A discharge form will be completed by medical or nursing staff outlining details of your procedure and requirements for post operative appointments. You and your general practitioner will receive a copy.

Please ensure that you see a member of the nursing staff before you leave the Ward or Short Stay Unit to ensure that all medical checks have been completed, and then call at Reception to complete our checkout procedures and to settle any account due at that time.

Overnight patients

If you have stayed overnight we ask that you vacate your room by 10:00am on the day you are discharged, so please arrange your transport accordingly. If this is not possible you are welcome to wait in any of the patient or visitor lounges. If you wish to remain in your room after 10:00am on the day you are leaving, please discuss this with the Nurse Manager the day before. This will depend on bed availability, and a late-discharge fee will apply.

Day Patients

Your specialist will have given you some idea of how long you will need to stay after your operation. The nursing staff in our Short Stay Unit will discuss this with you on admission. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Transport

You should not drive yourself home after discharge. Please arrange to be taken home by a relative or friend in a private car, or use a taxi (we recommend that you do not use public transport).

When you get home

You should arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after you get home. We recommend that you rest and follow the instructions of your doctor and/or hospital staff.

Important note for the first 24 hours

In the first 24 hours following surgery you should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery.
You are also advised not to make any important decisions, sign any legal documents or drink alcohol.

Follow-up

In most cases you will need to make a follow-up appointment with your specialist if an appointment has not already been arranged for you by our staff. This is usually done by ringing your specialist within a day or so of leaving the hospital. If you have any problems before that appointment please contact your specialist or general practitioner immediately.

If you have requested a phone follow-up on your health questionnaire, a member of the nursing staff will telephone you (subject to your availability) a few days after you leave Wakefield to see how you are and to answer any queries you might have.

Please ring your specialist or general practitioner if you require medical advice after your discharge.

 
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