Good SamaritanPatient and Visitor Information

When You Leave

As You Prepare to Leave

When your doctor determines that you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written for you. You may want to make arrangements with a family member or a friend to help you when it is time to go home.

The following are some important things to remember concerning leaving the hospital:

Discharge Time

If medically cleared, discharge time at Good Samaritan Medical Center is at 11 a.m. for most patients. There may be some tests that will be necessary to complete before you can leave. Please be assured that your care team will work with you to ensure that those occur as quickly as possible.

Personal Belongings

Please gather all your personal belongings and double check closets and drawers before you leave. If you have anything stored in the hospital safe, call the operator and a security officer will bring your belongings to you.

Discharge Instructions

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

Before you leave the medical center:

  • Review your discharge plan and ask questions about any instructions you don’t understand.
  • Make sure you get explanations about how you should expect to feel and what you should expect to be able to do.
  • Carefully review all prescriptions you are given and get explanations about how often you should take these medications and if you should expect any side effects.
  • Confirm that you are given a telephone number(s) to call for questions and problems about any part of your discharge plan or any unusual symptoms.
  • Review the plan for follow-up appointment(s) and find out if they have been made or if you are expected to make them.
  • Make sure you understand any plans for home health services or medical equipment delivery, especially the date and time to expect the first visit or delivery.
  • Ask to speak with your doctor, nurse or a case manager before you leave the hospital if you have any unanswered questions about your discharge plan.


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