Getting Ready to Leave

When You Are Discharged

Your physician will determine when you are medically ready to be discharged from the hospital. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are completely well—it only means that you no longer need hospital services. We ask your cooperation in making transportation arrangements for no later than 11am on the day of discharge. This allows us to move seriously ill patients from our emergency department to a patient room to facilitate their care. If you need assistance with transportation, we will make arrangements with a local taxi service. If you think you are being asked to leave the hospital too soon, please refer to the booklet “Your Rights as a Hospital Patient in New York State,” or speak with your nurse or care management team.

If you disagree, you or a relative can appeal your doctor’s discharge decision. If you are a Medicare patient, be sure you are given the pamphlet “An Important Message from Medicare” from the hospital’s discharge planner or caseworker. This details your rights to remain in the hospital for care and provides information on whom to contact to appeal a discharge decision. Be sure to meet with the hospital’s discharge planner early in your stay to ensure a smooth discharge process later on.

For maternity discharges, please visit the After Your Baby is Born section.

"Sharps" Program

For your safety and the safety of others, if you need to use medical supplies after your discharge, WPH collects used hypodermic needles (sharps) for safe disposal. Used sharps may be brought to the Security Office, located in the Emergency Room waiting area, daily between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.