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 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 or at the entrance to the Jane Brown Building.
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
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.
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:
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 DME (home medical equipment) 401-335-9000
Southern New England Rehabilitation Center 401-456-4500
The Center for Cardiac Fitness 401-793-5810
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital 401-845-1845
Pulmonary Rehabilitation at The Miriam Hospital 401-793-4080
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 Speech and Audiology Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital 401-444-5485
If you would like assistance or to speak with a case manager, please call the case management office at 401-444-5145.
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