Discharge Procedures - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Discharge Procedures

Early during the hospital stay, the health care team will talk to the patient about his or her after hospitalization care needs, anticipated discharge date, and how to receive follow-up care.  The medical center has recently added specific discharge appointments in order to improve the discharge process. 

  • Discharges will be scheduled to allow the patient and his/her family to specify a time which is convenient for them to arrange transportation home.
  • The discharge appointment will allow patients to leave throughout the day to avoid the rush of everyone going home at the same time.
  • It will also allow staff to discharge patients ahead of planned admissions and times of high admission demand.
  • It will allow staff to prepare for the discharge, providing instructions, medicine, supplies and appointments when the patient is scheduled to leave.

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 at 313 576-1000, extension 65818.

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.