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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Discharge Procedures

Early during your stay, your health care team will talk to you about your after hospitalization care needs, anticipated discharge date, and how to receive your follow-up care.

To help streamline discharge from the hospital, a discharge appointment date and time will be set for your discharge home.  The usual discharge times are in the morning on the day of discharge and veterans/their families should plan to arrange transportation home early on the day of discharge.

If you are discharged home and need supplies at the time of discharge, the discharge nurse will review them with you. If medications are prescribed, an initial supply will be provided.  If you should follow a special diet at home; you will receive information on the appropriate food choices after discharge.

Follow up appointments to see your health care provider after discharge will be set as needed.

To help you prepare for your discharge home, please review the Discharge Checklist.

Lost and Found

If you have lost any personal items during your stay, tell your health care team. You may also call our Lost and Found Office at (415) 221-4810 x2-2450.

Survey of Healthcare Experience of Patients

You may be contacted for feedback about your stay shortly after your discharge. Your comments will help us to continue to meet our goal of providing quality health care to our veteran patients and family. It is important that we have your correct phone number at time of discharge, especially if you will not be going to your own home.

For additional information about this survey and other tools, please visit our Customer Service page.