Leaving the Hospital

Getting Ready

The day before your discharge, your physician or nurse will let you know when you can leave the hospital. Most patients are able to leave the hospital by 11 a.m. Your physician will inform your nurses and complete your records in preparation for your discharge. You cannot be discharged until your physician completes the necessary medical records.

If you have secured any personal valuables in the hospital safe, you may pick them up at the cashier’s office on the ground floor of the Main Building/Zecchino Pavilion (main building). The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays. If you sign a consent form allowing a staff member to assist you, your items will be picked up and delivered to you.

On occasion, we do experience a delay in the discharge process; however, we request that your family member or friend be prepared to pick you up in the morning around 10 a.m. You should arrange for your ride to pick you up at the admitting circle near the business office, at the entrance to the Jane Brown Building or at the entrance of the Bridge Building.

Discharge Instructions

When you are ready to leave the hospital, your nurse will meet with you and your family to ensure that you have all the information you will need once you leave the hospital. This information might include:

  • Instructions from the medical staff
  • Information about any medications you need to take
  • Diet restrictions
  • Signs or symptoms that you should watch for
  • Activities to avoid
  • When you can return to work and resume normal activities

Arrangements for any follow-up care you need It is important that you understand your discharge instructions and how to follow them, so please ask questions if the instructions are not clear to you.

Follow-Up Care/Case Management

If your physician recommends follow-up care after you are discharged, our case management staff can help you with any preparations you need to make, such as arranging for:

  • A nursing home or extended care facility
  • Home health care services
  • Home medical equipment
  • Hospice care
  • Rehabilitation services

Case managers may refer you to another facility, if needed, and will discuss transportation from the hospital. They can also provide you with a list of licensed and/or certified health care providers in the state and assist you with your selection. You may be familiar with a provider or decide to continue to receive care through other Lifespan affiliates, including:

Lifespan Home Medical 401-335-9000
Center for Cardiac Fitness 401-793-5810
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services - PT/OT at Rhode Island Hospital 401-444-5418
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services - PT/OT at Hasbro Children’s Hospital 401-444-5020
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services - PT/OT/Speech at The Miriam Hospital 401-793-4080
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services - PT/OT at East Greenwich Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center 401-444-2050
Outpatient Speech and Audiology Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital 401-444-5485
Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt Newport Hospital 401-845-1179
Pulmonary Rehabilitation at The Miriam Hospital 401-793-4080
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital 401-845-1845

If you would like assistance or to speak with a case manager, please call the case management office at 401-444-5145.