Going Home

We understand that any stay in a hospital may cause anxiety or worry for you and your family. So, from the day you are admitted, we start working to get you back home as quickly and safely as possible.

Planning for your departure involves several people, most importantly, you and your caregiver.

Before you go home, you will be given discharge instructions. Ask a family member or friend to listen to these instructions with you and plan to have someone stay with you and help you for at least 24 hours if you've had a surgical procedure.

Things You Should Ask Before You Leave

Before you leave, make sure all of your questions are answered. Your discharge instructions may answer most of your questions. If you have additional questions after arriving home, call your physician's office. The telephone number will be listed on your discharge instructions. Be sure to ask about the following:

  • Bathing and Showering

  • Diet - what to eat, what to avoid

  • Driving

  • Incision and dressing care

  • Medications - dosages and when to take

  • Pain control - what to expect, what to do

  • Physical activity

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Resuming sexual relations

  • Returning to work

  • Signs of infection

A follow-up may need to be scheduled with your physician or surgeon. Information on this will be listed on your discharge instructions.

Your Comments Are Important To Us

Following your visit with us, you may receive a survey asking about your experience with Palomar Health. We value your feedback and look forward to receiving your response.

If you have an experience you would like to share with us about your visit to Palomar Health, please contact us directly by calling (760) 740-6345 or emailing ContactUs@PalomarHealth.org. It is our privilege to serve you. 

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