Whether you’ve been in the hospital for a short time or a long time, the moment the doctor releases you is definitely going to be a joyous one. You can finally go home. However, in most circumstances (especially after a lengthy stay), you won’t be allowed to just pick up your belongings and go. There are certain vital things to do before you leave the hospital for the (hopefully) final time.

Get Your Medication

When you are in the hospital, the nursing staff will help you recover. They will deliver you your medicine at the appropriate time and may even assist you in taking it. They will change your dressings and treat your wounds with suitable lotions and medications.

Unless a district nurse comes to check on you after you leave the hospital, you will need to know how to do this for yourself. So talk to your nurses about what you should do and how you should do it. If you have any questions, now is the right time to ask. It’s best to have all the information than not enough. Furthermore, you should ensure that you are given a prescription – or the drugs themselves – so that you don’t run out. This could lead you to not recovering fully if you don’t take care of this. 

Is There A Risk Of Complications?

You should question your doctor or nurse about the risk of problems and the indicators to watch out for. If someone is coming to your house to care for you while you heal, they should be aware of these indicators too.

Not only should you be aware of how the issues could look and feel, but you should also be aware of what you should do if they do arise. Should you, for example, call an ambulance, or would a course of antibiotics be enough.

If you are particularly concerned that something might be wrong and believe you may want more professional advice, you can find a great medical malpractice attorney who can assist you with any claim you may need to make.

Make An Appointment With Your Doctor

Even if nothing seems to be wrong, it’s prudent to schedule a visit with your doctor. Your primary care physician should be kept up to speed on any medical issues you have had. And although they will have received your hospital reports, there is nothing like speaking face to face and explaining what happened. They can get a better understanding of your accident or sickness and provide you with further guidance if necessary.

Make Transport Arrangements 

Are you able to drive after your procedure? If not, you must arrange for transportation from the hospital. In rare situations, the hospital will be able to assist you. But for the majority of people, phoning a friend or family for a ride, using public transportation, or getting a cab would suffice. Whatever you decide, make sure you don’t have to wait about in the hospital (or even outside it) for too long since you don’t want to feel ill again!