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.
following are some important things to remember concerning leaving the
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
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.
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.
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.