You and your relatives or carer will have been actively involved in the planning of a date for you to be discharged from hospital.
Clear information will have been given to you about follow up arrangements and appointments.
If you need any medication on discharge, your named nurse or a member of the nursing team will check through them with you. Medication should also include any medication you brought in from home.
The Hospital has a patient information line for any questions you may have about your medication after you go home. The phone number is on the card supplied with your discharge medicines. A member of the nursing team will ensure you ensure you have your belongings.
If you handed any of your valuables to the staff during your admission please make sure you receive your property before leaving the ward. You will be asked to sign a form confirming you have received back your valuables.
Before you leave the ward you will be given a copy of your discharge summary for your records and a copy of this summary will also be sent to your GP. If appropriate, during the morning of your planned discharge day, you will be asked to go to the Discharge Lounge on the ground floor of the Yellow Zone. A nurse from the ward will accompany you.
The Discharge Lounge is available for discharged patients to wait for their family/carers or transport to come and collect them from the hospital. The Discharge Lounge has a dedicated nurse who will care for patients while they are waiting for friends or relatives or patient transport.
As space is limited we ask that the number of people collecting you be limited to one or two where possible. Please also note that parking at the Lewisham Hospital site is very limited.