Day of Discharge
When your doctor decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge
order will be written. You may want to make arrangements with a family
member or friend to help you when it's time to go home.
Whenever possible, your discharge will be confirmed the evening before
it is scheduled to occur. Your physician, nurse and/or case manager will
review the plans for the day of discharge and the anticipated discharge
time. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Please plan to leave the hospital
by 10:00 am on discharge day, and make transportation arrangements in
advance to ensure a timely departure. Hospital staff will assist you in
acquiring medications and supplies, if needed. If you anticipate needing
any help arranging for transportation after discharge, please talk to
your case manager and/or nurse.
If your billing and insurance information is complete, it will not be necessary
for you to stop at the billing office. If more information is needed or
if payment is to be made, hospital staff or a volunteer can escort you
to the cashier before you leave the hospital. Often a phone call is sufficient
to supply additional information. When you are ready to leave, a member
of the hospital staff or a volunteer will escort you to the front entrance
and help you into your car.
Discharge Planning & Instructions
We want to make every effort to ensure a smooth transition for you to go
home with or without home care, or care through an acute hospital, rehabilitation
center or skilled nursing facility. Whenever possible, discharge plans
begin as soon as you are admitted. During your stay, your physician and
nurse will arrange for you to learn how to care for yourself at home
When you are ready to be discharged, your doctor and your nurse will give
you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions about
your diet, activities or other matters, please be sure to ask at this
time. If you choose to have prescriptions filled at The Bozeman Health
Pharmacy at Highland Park, your nurse can fax your prescriptions to the
pharmacy in advance so they are ready when you leave.
Be sure to take all your belongings. A nurse can suggest what disposable
items used during your hospital care can be taken home. If you have placed
valuables in the hospital safe, ask your nurse to arrange for them to
be brought to you.
Transportation for patients and visitors leaving the hospital is available
through local cab companies. Your nurse or a volunteer at the Visitor
Entrance Information Desk will assist patients and visitors with calling a taxi.
Pharmacy at Highland Park
Once a plan is completed for discharge, it is very common for new medication
therapy to be prescribed for use following the hospitalization. You will
find that our Pharmacy is a very convenient location to use for filling
these prescriptions. If you wish to use this pharmacy, your prescriptions
can be sent to the pharmacy so they are ready for pick-up as you depart
the hospital. The pharmacy is located on the second floor of Highland Park 1.
We recognize that every patient has unique needs, and we strive to meet
them with respect for your individuality and dignity. Your feedback about
the care and service you received while in the hospital is important to
us. If you receive a customer satisfaction survey in the mail after discharge,
please fill it out and send it back. Your comments and recommendations
will assist us in continuously improving our care.