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- Being discharged is what happens when you have finished your treatment and can return home.
- You will need to leave your ward by 10.00 am on the day of your discharge,
- In most cases, your doctor will give you 24 hours’ notice prior to your discharge.
- If you have any belongings or valuables to collect, please speak to the staff before you leave.
- It is important to arrange someone to pick you up or to organise a taxi.
- Please ask the staff to assist you if you need any help.
Please refer to the hospital pages for information about transit lounges and patient pick up areas.
Continue care after you leave
- Any special arrangements for your continued care will be made by hospital staff for you. This may include appointments as an outpatient and information about your medications.
- When you are discharged, you will receive up to one month’s supply of medication. This will give you time to visit your doctor to arrange further prescriptions. We will send a list of these medicines to your doctor.
- The pharmacist will explain the reasons for your medications and any possible side effects.
- We have rooms which can be used for these conversations to maintain your privacy.
- During busier periods it may take some time to receive your discharge medications.
Paying for medicines
- You will have to pay some of the cost of this medication if it is dispensed from our hospital pharmacy. This is called a co-payment fee.
- The co-payment cost will vary based on the cost of the medication. It may be cheaper if you have a valid concession or entitlement card.
- The hospital pharmacy will provide you with an invoice. This needs to be paid within 30 days of receiving the medication. There are several payment options, which are detailed on the invoice.
- You can pay for your medicines at the hospital cashier as you leave the hospital, or pay later at Service Tasmania, via Australia Post, by mail, via BPAY or by phone.
- If you are having difficulties paying for your medicines supplied by hospital assistance may be available. Please ask about this if you need more information.
Find out more about medications and costs