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Going home after a stay in hospital

Many hospitals aim to enable patients to go home by 10am. Let the staff know if you need to give your family or carer notice so that they can pick you up.

Before you leave hospital, make sure you:

  • are given a discharge summary about your diagnosis and treatment and check that a copy is sent to your GP
  • are aware of any further tests needed
  • know when you will need to see your GP or attend an outpatient clinic
  • know how to care for any surgical wounds or how to use any aids e.g. crutches
  • collect x-rays and all personal belongings
  • understand all medication instructions, including whether to continue medicines you were taking before you were admitted to hospital
  • have your Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) form signed, if you have travelled away from home
  • have arranged for any nursing home care that you may need
  • have arranged your transport home.

Download the Going home checklist

Support for your carers

You may require extra help from family or carers when you leave hospital.

If your family or carers would like more information about how they can plan for you leaving hospital, or what other support might be available to assist them:

  • ask staff for a copy of the Prepare to Care booklet, or
  • call Carers WA on 1300 227 377 and ask to speak to a member of their hospital team.

For more information about carer support visit Carers Australia WA branch (external site) and Carers Gateway (external site).

Monitor your mood

Emotional and lifestyle changes are common after serious illness or major surgery. You needn’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you’re depressed or having trouble coping. You may find it helpful to talk to somebody like a friend, health professional or patient support group.

Seek help if you feel unhappy for a long period

Contact your GP if you have any concerns about your condition after leaving hospital.

More information

Download the Now You Are Home booklet and Going home checklist.

Video – Going home

Watch more of our videos at the WA Health YouTube channel (external site).

Read the video transcript – Going home.


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