What to expect at discharge:
Discharge is a labor intensive process for your hospital based physician. There is a great deal of work that your provider will do outside of your room. This includes discussion with consultants, discussions with physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy, nursing staff and case management. This also includes preparing your discharge paper work, organizing your home care needs, communication with your primary care physician, and organizing ensuring a correct discharge medication list, and writing your new prescriptions.
Depending on your overall physical condition and daily needs, you may need to be discharged to another care facility. These care facilities include subacute care facilities attached to nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, or long term acute care hospitals. We will work with your Case Manager to arrange this transition. We make recommendations as to which facility you may be transitioned to but the ultimate decision is often based on your insurance company’s contract with these various facilities.
When you are discharged to home, we will provide you with an updated medication list. If new prescriptions are needed, we will provide these for a 2-4 week supply. Narcotic prescriptions may not be filled and you may be referred to your primary care physician or pain specialist for these prescriptions if they were previously prescribed by your primary physician or pain specialist.
We will contact your primary care provider and provide them this updated medication list and review follow up plans upon your discharge.
It is your responsibility to obtain subsequent prescriptions and follow up with your out-patient doctor as recommended.