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Day Of Discharge - What To Expect

Planning ahead for the day of discharge will make the process go as smoothly as possible for you.

Making preparations for transportation and assistance the night before an anticipated discharge will allow you time to concentrate on your discharge instructions and final preparations for departure. Make sure you have confirmed with the staff what time you will be discharged.

If you need assistance to arrange transport for special needs, ask your nurse to contact the Social Work and Discharge Planning Department. The person coming to transport you home may drive to the discharge area at the main entrance of the building. Patients are to be escorted to the main entrance by hospital staff or volunteers.

Discharge Planning Checklist

  • Order items you may need at home, if possible (commodes, walkers, and other special equipment)
  • Ask a family member or friend to pick you up by noon Discharge Time is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please plan ahead and be ready. Evidence shows that if a patient is discharged earlier in the day, he or she is less likely to need to return to the hospital.

We want to ensure that you have the best recovery possible.

If you experience ANY surgery-related problems after your discharge, contact your physician immediately.

If you need assistance planning your care after discharge, please call our Social Work and Discharge Planning Department at 717-782-5574 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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