Going home

These are some things to consider to help you prepare for going home from hospital. You may also have other questions about caring for your child after you leave the hospital. Make sure you speak to one of your child’s care team before you go. They will be happy to answer any questions or address any issues you might have.

  • Do you know when your child is going home?
  • Have you been given information about caring for your child's medical condition at home?
  • Have you been given a prescription for your child's medicine to take to your local chemist or to the Hospital Pharmacy?
  • Do you understand what your child's medicines are for and the correct dosage?
  • Are you aware of community services you can access to help you care for your child?
  • Have you been told about any follow-up appointments your child will need to attend? This could be with a physiotherapist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, socail worker or dietician.
  • Do you need to take any special equipment home with you as part of your child's treatment? If so, do you know how to use it correctly?
  • Have you been told if your child can return to normal activities such as bathing, school and sport?
  • Do you need a medical certificate for work? Please consult with your child's nurse or doctor a few days before you are being discharged.
  • Have you arranged for someone to pick you and your child up from hospital and to take you home?
  • Do you know who to call if you have any questions once you have left hospital?