Discharge Guide

Planning and Pickup

Patients will be discharged from the main hospital entrance at 235 State Street. Valet service is available to assist you with parking, wheelchairs, finding your way through the building or other questions. Please use this service regardless of age.

Post-Discharge Care

Some patients are discharged with little need for additional care or services, while others have more treatments ahead.  You may require specialized in-home treatment including home health, hospice, durable medical equipment or infusion services.  Under the direction of your provider, your social worker can discuss options with you and arrange for services.

Sometimes an illness, surgery, or personal situation may make it difficult to continue your recovery at home.  In this case, your provider and social worker will consult with you and your family about additional options for care including skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute-care hospitals, assisted living facilities and medical day care centers.

Physical Warning Signs

After being discharged, notify your provider right away if you experience:
• Severe nausea or vomiting.
• Fever of 101ºF or greater.
• Uncontrolled pain.
• Increased redness, warmth or hardness around an operative site.
• Bleeding through dressings.
• Inability to urinate (pass water) within 8 hours after surgery, unless advised as normal by your nurse or doctor.
• Increasing drainage from a site on the body.