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Leaving the hospital

Planning for your discharge from hospital starts well before you actually leave. We will work to have you discharged (sent home) as early in the day as possible. Some patients may need further health care such as home care nursing, care at another hospital, or rehabilitation services. Your health care team will work with you to help plan your discharge and any additional care that is required.

Your doctor may write a prescription for medication and a nurse will give you instructions about any other medications you are to take at home.

Please remember that your discharge time will not be delayed if you haven’t arranged to have someone drive or accompany you home. With this in mind, plan ahead to have a pick up ready for your discharge day.

Pay hospital costs before you leave

If you had a private room or used special supplies or procedures during your stay, please pay your account before you leave the hospital.

In addition to being covered by the B.C. Medical Services Plan, some patients have extended health insurance plans, which may cover the cost of supplies such as crutches, canes, splints and some casts. Please ask a member of your health care team if you have any questions.

For contact information, see "Patient Accounts" in the directory of your hospital-specific patient and family handbook.

How to request your health records

If you need a copy of all or part of your medical record after you leave the hospital, you may request this information under VCH’s release of information (ROI) policy. Records usually take 30 days to compile.

For more information, see our Request health records page.

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