About Your Hospital Stay

Ready, Set, Go!

During your stay at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, your doctor and hospital staff will work with you to plan your discharge. You and your caregiver – a family member or friend – are key members of the planning team.

Plan to leave before noon on your day of discharge, and discuss the items on the checklist below with your doctor, nurse, and/or social worker throughout your hospital stay.

If you have any questions after you are discharged, please contact a Patient Advocate at 818.782.6600 x. 3975.

Recovery and Support

  • Ask about medical equipment you may need, such as a walker. Find out who you can contact if you have questions about the equipment.
  • Before leaving the hospital, make sure you have made arrangements to have the support of at least one caregiver who can assist you and your family, if needed.
  • Ask VPH staff to show you and your family/caregiver any tasks that require special skills, such as changing a bandage or giving a shot. Then, show them you can do these tasks. Write down a name and phone number of a person you can call if you need help or have questions.
  • Have your physician's contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Valley Presbyterian Hospital offers a bedside medication delivery program to fill your prescriptions before leaving the hospital. Ask your charge nurse for more details.

Final To-Do List for the Patient/Caregiver/Family Member

  • Let us know who will be taking you home.
  • Do you have your prescriptions? Which pharmacy will you use?
  • Do you have a copy of your medication list?
  • Do you have a scheduled follow-up visit with your physician within 7 days of discharge? Bring this information and medication list to that appointment.
  • Do you and/or your family members have any questions or concerns related to your care, diagnoses, disease, or procedures?
  • Do you understand your discharge instructions? Are you able to read them back to your nurse to demonstrate your understanding of these instructions?