Going home

Our staff caring for you will keep you updated regarding your planned discharge date. If you foresee any problems with being discharged, please discuss the issues with the staff caring for you as soon as possible, so that plans can be put in place.

It is usual for patients to continue their recovery at home – and there are number of potential supports available. As well as the ongoing care of your psychiatrist, you may be referred to one of our group therapy Day Programs and / or our Community Outreach Team where we can offer additional support in your home.

Day of heading home

On the morning of your discharge, your nurse will have ready for you:

  • medication and prescriptions,
  • clinical discharge questionnaires,
  • patient satisfaction questionnaire, and
  • any necessary follow up appointments.

You are required to vacate your room by 10.00 am. However, you can stay at New Farm Clinic for the remainder of the day - please see nursing staff to arrange storage of your belongings.

Please ensure you collect any items you may have put into your safe or that have been held for safe keeping, such as X-rays.

If you have had a general anaesthetic or sedation within the last 24 hours you will need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. You should not drive a car, operate machinery or domestic appliances, conduct important business or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours following your anaesthetic.

Before heading home, please go to Reception where the team will have Accounts for additional charges not covered by your health insurance, which are payable on discharge. We accept cash, credit card or EFTPOS (direct payments only, no cash withdrawals)

Aside from your hospital accounts, you may receive additional accounts from your treating Psychiatrist, Pathology, or Pharmacy services that may be claimable by you from Medicare and your health insurance fund.