After You've Been Discharged
Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals work closely with your GP and
community-based services to ensure your discharge from hospital and
transfer of care on returning home, is appropriate.
Discussion around your likely day of discharge should begin soon
after you enter hospital.
Please feel free to ask questions about any issues of concern to
you about your discharge, so that arrangements can be made.
It may take some time before a doctor is able to formalise your
transfer of care from hospital staff to other health professionals
working in the community, but we will endeavour to meet all your
If you have questions about your discharge, please speak to your
nurse in the first instance.
You should be given a discharge summary and a prescription for
ongoing medication (if required) before you are
Our discharge planning will include:
- How you will travel home.
- The need for ongoing medication, instructions for pain relief,
rest, exercise and diet.
- Providing community services such as district nursing, social
workers, home help, meals on wheels or referrals to other
- The need for continuing therapy from your occupational
therapist or physiotherapist or specialist nurse, or equipment to
assist at home.
- Who you or your family can talk to if concerns arise.
- Whether you will have follow-up treatment at an outpatient's
clinic and what this involves.
Returning Hospital Equipment
If you are not able to return borrowed hospital equipment back
to the department it came from, please leave the items with the
Hospital Main Reception.
October 15, 2015