Discharge summary for GP
When you are discharged from hospital, staff will give you discharge information to give to your GP on your next visit. Staff will also send a summary of your medical care to your GP.
Consider the following before you are discharged, and talk to your nurse or doctor if you feel you need more support.
Please arrange for a support person to accompany you home. We do not arrange or pay for transport home, including if you have transferred from another town.
You can contact Greymouth Taxis on 03 768 7078.
If you have any difficulty with transport, follow-up treatment, or help at home, please ask the nurse managing your care or ask to see a social worker.
Hospital staff will mail you the date and time of any follow-up appointment. Your health care team might ask you to return to the ward for wound treatment. Staff will arrange any community services you require, such as Meals on Wheels or a District Nurse.
A doctor or nurse will give you a prescription for any medicine you will need. Take this to your local pharmacy (unless the prescription is for hospital-only drugs – check with your nurse).
If you are leaving hospital with crutches and other aids, remember they are on loan and must be returned as soon as you are finished with them.
If you are an overseas visitor and require copies of your x-rays, staff can arrange this for you.
Please do not leave the ward without telling staff.
It is important you know and understand what medications you will be taking when you get home, why you need them, what the side effects are and what to do about them. Staff should explain your medicines to you before you leave.
Please ask if you are unsure.
Before you leave, staff will return the following medications to you:
The following items will not usually be returned:
You may need a follow-up appointment in an outpatient clinic, at the Physiotherapy Department or other specialist clinics. The clinic or department will send you a card with your appointment date and time.
Page last updated: 24 October 2018
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