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When It's Time to Leave

Due to advancements in medicine, hospital stays today are shorter than ever. In fact, hospital stays are often just a couple of days. Please take time to plan for your post-hospital care before you leave. If you need assistance with post-hospital care, please let your caregivers know so that we may assist you or ask to speak to the discharge planner. When your doctor decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. Nurses will prepare information to help you transition smoothly to home. Please make arrangements with a family member or friend to help you when it's time to go home. Here are some important things to remember:

Checkout Time

While there is no standard checkout time, we do encourage discharges in the late morning, allowing patients enough time to obtain any necessary supplies or medications.

Personal Belongings

Collect all of your belongings and double-check closets and drawers. If you have anything stored in the hospital safe, call the Security Office at extension 4717 and an officer will bring your belongings to you.

Discharge Instructions

Your doctor and your caregiver will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions about your diet, activities or other matters, please, be sure to ask.


If your doctor gives you a prescription, it can be filled in the pharmacy of your choice. Members of our staff can facilitate this process on your behalf. You may also use the Walgreen's Pharmacy located in the professional building to have medication medication delivered to your bedside.