As soon as your observations are stable and you are alert following your procedure, you will be transferred from first stage recovery to a recliner chair in the second stage recovery area where you will be offered light refreshments. The recovery nurse will contact your escort when you are ready to be discharged.
If you are having your procedure under a sedation or general anaesthetic you must arrange for a responsible adult to pick you up and stay with you until at least the morning following discharge. If your procedure is being done under local anaesthetic, we recommend that you have someone to drive you home.
To be ready for discharge patients will:
- Be alert and orientated;
- Tolerate fluids;
- Have a responsible adult to take them home, and care for them at home;
- Have clear written post procedure instructions/education, post procedure care and details of who to contact in an emergency;
- Have a follow up appointment made, if appropriate.
Once your escort arrives at the day hospital, the recovery nurse will, if needed, go through the Discharge Instructions with them. You will be advised that after a General Anaesthetic or IV Sedation you should not drive or operate machinery, sign important documents or make important decisions until at least the morning following your procedure.
On discharge we will also provide you with a Patient Satisfaction Survey to fill out. This information is important to us and can be compliments, constructive criticism or suggestions. All feed back is welcome and valued as it helps to improve our level of service.