Going home

We like to ensure that going home from Ormiston Hospital means our patients are focused on their recovery at home. 

Your surgeon must give clearance for you to be discharged from Ormiston Hospital. On the day of discharge, it is required that you vacate your room before 10 am. If there is some reason why you are unable to leave by this time, please speak to your nurse. If you do not feel ready to leave please let us know and we can discuss your options.

Before you leave please ensure you:

  • Have arranged for someone to drive you home – this is especially important if you have had a general anaesthetic as you cannot drive for 24 hours after visiting
  • Have someone who can be at home for at least the first 24 hours
  • Have received your Hospital discharge summary, including instructions about your care
  • Understand your recovery plan and the steps you need to take to reduce the risk of blood clots or any complications
  • Complete your prescriptions required for your recovery – we have a pharmacy on-site for this 
  • Understand and make any bookings required for follow up arrangements with your surgeon
  • Have arranged for any prescribed rehabilitation or mobility aids (e.g. crutches)

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask our Nursing team or Surgeon.

If your accident is ACC there may be types of help you can get after surgery at home. 

After you leave the hospital

Call or visit your surgeon, GP or accident/emergency service immediately if you become unwell after you leave the hospital and/or develop any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Pain in your chest
  • Coughing up blood-streaked mucus
  • Raised temperature (fever) or chills
  • Excessive bleeding or wound ooze
  • Increased pain, redness or swelling in or around the wound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your pelvis
  • Redness, pain, swelling or tenderness in your leg
  • Any other signs, symptoms or issues that are of concern to you or your family/whānau.

If in doubt, or in the event of an emergency, we advise you call an ambulance immediately (111).