Leaving hospital


Discharge planning

Discharge planning is an important part of your care. Planning for your discharge commences on admission and continues throughout your stay. This ensures that any services that you may require at or after discharge can be arranged in a timely manner, such as rehabilitation, in-home care, pharmacy, transport etc.

A nurse will explain any special instructions for your care following discharge and a pharmacist may provide you with information about medications you may need to take. You will be given written instructions to help you remember what you need to do. Once at home, it is important that you follow the instructions that you have been given.

Please remember to take your X-rays home with you on discharge. Information about when you can start driving again or return to activities that require you to be alert and coordinated (such as returning to work) will be provided by your doctor.

Day surgery patients

It is a requirement that you have someone accompany you home and stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure. Nursing staff will liaise with your support person regarding your expected discharge time and whether they first need to collect and pay for your discharge medication from the pharmacy.

Overnight stay patients

Discharge time for overnight patients is by 9.30am. At some Epworth sites, once you have been medically discharged you may be transferred to a discharge lounge. Discharge lounges are conveniently located close to patient pick up and drop off zones and are staffed by nurses. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at or near the lounges.


Epworth provides specialist rehabilitation services from a number of hospitals across Melbourne including Richmond, Brighton, Camberwell and Hawthorn. Following a procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to require rehabilitation to assist them in regaining strength and improved functionality.

Rehabilitation can be provided as an inpatient or as an outpatient service once discharged from hospital. Please ask your doctor if you are likely to need rehabilitation following your procedure and advise us on your patient health history (MR9) form. Certain patients (e.g. cardiac procedure) may be invited to participate in an appropriate rehabilitation program that is approved by their treating doctor.

Once at home

Before you go home, please organise for someone to stay with you for the remainder of the day and overnight. This is your ‘recovery time’ and we suggest you rest as if you were remaining in hospital. Following your discharge, if you have any concerns please contact the hospital or visit the Epworth Richmond emergency department.



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