Discharge from hospital
From the moment you are admitted to hospital, our main goal is to get you healthy and back into your home as smoothly as possible.
At your pre-admission clinic we will discuss your plan for discharge from hospital. We want to make sure that you will be well cared for once you are no longer an inpatient.
It is important that you inform your nurse at your appointment if you are currently receiving any community services such as:
These services will need to be stopped while you are in hospital and started again when you go home.
If it has been identified that you will need follow-up care or assistance at home after discharge from hospital you will be seen by one of our discharge coordination team. This team of nurses provides a dedicated resource to connect you with the necessary supports upon your discharge and will work closely with you and/or your family or carers to discuss the care options you have available to you.
Veterans’ Liaison Officer
Townsville University Hospital also has a Veterans’ Liaison Officer (VLO) who is dedicated to assisting current or ex-defence personnel, war widows and dependents of defence personnel. The VLO has close working relationships with a number of external service organisations and community providers, and can provide support in accessing these after you have been discharged.
If you would like to talk to our discharge coordination team, including the VLO, please ask your treating doctor or nurse.
On the day of your discharge from hospital you will leave the ward by 10:00am. You may wait for your relatives and/or transportation in the Day of Discharge Unit on the ground floor of the hospital.