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Your doctor, nurse and other members of the health-care team will work with you to plan the care you will need when you are discharged. Your doctor will decide when you are ready to leave the hospital. If services such as nursing or therapy, or equipment such as beds or oxygen are needed at home, the case manager or social worker may be involved in helping arrange this. They will also help you with applications to facilities and with financial concerns if you are unable to return home.
Medications to be taken at home
If you are given prescriptions for medications to be taken at home you will need to have them filled at a pharmacy of your choice. The Hospital Pharmacy does not provide take-home medications.
Arrange early in your stay for someone to pick you up from the hospital. Remember that discharge time is before 11 a.m. on the day of discharge.
Review any written instructions from your doctor or nurse and be sure to ask any questions you may have about medications, activity, and diet after discharge.
If your doctor has given you a prescription for medications to take at home be sure you know what the medications are and what they are for. Arrange to have someone take the prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice and to get the medications.
Make sure you know when you are to return to see your doctor and how to make arrangements for any treatments you may need (e.g. rehabilitation therapy).
Remove any valuables you may have left in the hospital safe. Check to see that you have packed everything you brought with you.
Stanford Health Care is working with National Research Corporation to gather information about your recent experience at the Hospital. We hope to learn more about what patients and family members experience and how we can improve the quality of your care.
You may receive a questionnaire by mail. The questionnaire will take about fifteen minutes of your time. Your name will not be identified in any reports. Your participation in this survey will be an enormous help to us and to future patients. It will help improve our understanding of the needs of our patients and their families, and how we can improve the quality of care we provide. You may have already received a survey from our hospital, but we would appreciate you taking the time to complete this one as well.
If you have any questions about this survey, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.