Going Home

For most of our patients, going home from the hospital following treatment or a procedure is welcome news. That is because their discharge enables patients to return home to the loving care of family members and friends.

With the exception of obstetric patients, discharge from Providence Saint John's Health Center is usually completed by 11 a.m. By observing this discharge time, patients and their families can help Providence Saint John's better serve and accommodate other patients who are in need of beds. In every instance, going home from the hospital occurs only after the attending physician has signed a patient's discharge orders.

  • Providence Saint John's Health Center recommends that all patients arrange for a family member or friend to drive them from the hospital to their home upon discharge. For the comfort of our patients, we request that people delegated to drive patients home arrange to retrieve their car in advance of a friend or relative's discharge. Patients will be discharged to Valet Parking Lot C.
  • It is recommended that patients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes on the drive home in order to maximize overall comfort and minimize any pain following a procedure.
  • In some cases patients should request pain medication prior to leaving the hospital in order to ensure their comfort during the drive home.  If medication is needed, please be sure to request it from a nurse at least one hour prior to departing from the hospital.
  • If you receive a prescription for medications you will need after going home, please be sure to fill your prescription promptly so you don’t run out of needed medications.
  • Follow-up care instructions. Make sure you have paperwork that tells you:
    • What, if any, dietary restrictions you need to follow and for how long
    • How to properly care for any injury or incisions you may have
    • What follow-up tests you may need and when you need to schedule them
    • What medicines you must take, why and for how long
    • When you need to see your physician
    • Any other home-care instructions for your caregiver, such as how to get you in and out of bed, how to use and monitor any equipment, and what signs and symptoms to watch out for
    • Telephone numbers to call if you or your caregiver have any questions pertaining to your after-hospital care
  • If any assistance is required at home following discharge from the hospital, this should be discussed with the patient's nurse or the RN/case manager on the patient's unit. Staff will be happy to assist in whatever way possible to make sure that any needed assistance is available upon discharge, particularly for those who live alone. Some areas of assistance may include:
    • Home health services
    • Locating a rehabilitation or nursing facility
    • Obtaining medical equipment


All patients cared for at Providence Saint John's are covered by a series of "Patients' Rights." At least one of these rights is directly applicable to those being discharged: Be informed by the physician, or a delegate of the physician, of continuing health care requirements following discharge from the hospital. These health care requirements should be made clear upon discharge; if they are not, please ask your nurse to clarify.

Please remember, our responsibility to patients does not necessarily end when someone is sent home. Patients should feel free to contact us at any time with questions pertaining to the care they received at Providence Saint John's Health Center.