Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Discharge Procedures

Our goal is to return you to your home environment and community as soon as your condition permits.  Early during your stay, your health care team will begin your discharge planning and talk to you about your after hospitalization care needs, anticipated discharge date, and how to receive your follow-up care. On the day of discharge we ask that you prepare to be discharged by 10:00a.m.

When necessary, different type of care other than returning home may be explored.  Other options that may be considered are non-institutional care, nursing home care, personal care or boarding homes, VA Domiciliaries, or state veterans' homes.  Such plans will be discussed with you and/or your family/significant others as indicated.

If supplies are needed at time of discharge, the discharge nurse will review them with you. If medication is prescribed, it can be picked up at the outpatient pharmacy as you leave the hospital.

If you are on a special diet, a dietitian will counsel you and your family on how to follow your diet at home.

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 570-824-3521, extension 7796.

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.