When you go home

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Before you leave the hospital, make sure you have everything you need.

This may include:

  • any medicines you brought to hospital
  • any medicines that the doctor has prescribed
  • any X-rays that you may have brought in
  • an appointment to return to the clinic for a check-up, (usually in six weeks unless the doctor wants to see you earlier). If an appointment is not made at the time of your discharge, it will be sent out to you in the mail.
  • a medical certificate if you need one.

Some women will also be given a letter for their GP.

If you have had an operation

The time it takes to recover from a major operation is different for each person. We expect that it will take between six and eight weeks.

Be aware of signs of infection

The following symptoms may be a sign of infection:

  • sudden hot flushes or sweating
  • high temperatures above 38ºC
  • sudden onset of pain that is not relieved by over-the-counter painkillers.

If you experience any of these symptoms, or if there are any other aspects of your health you are worried about, please see your local doctor or come to the Emergency Department at Sandringham. 

Relevant information about your medical condition will be forwarded to your GP or specialist and to community health workers and service providers involved in your care, unless you tell us that this should not happen.

If there is anything you feel you will need help with when you leave hospital, please discuss it with staff as soon as possible. For example:

  • community services
  • medication information and pharmacy advice
  • follow-up appointments
  • special instructions.

If you usually receive community services at home, please make sure health service staff know you receive this help.

Going home with a baby

Arriving home with your new baby (or babies) can be a lovely time, but it also means a great deal of adjustment for parents and other children.

Read more in At home with your baby on this website. Topics include:

  • The first two weeks
  • Safe sleeping for your baby
  • Crying baby
  • Bonding & attachment
  • Heatwave precautions for babies & young children
  • Caring for your newborn baby

If your baby seems unwell or you are concerned something is wrong:

  • Call the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29
  • Call 24-hour Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24
  • See your local doctor (GP)
  • Attend a hospital emergency department.

For urgent assistance, call 000.

More information

The Women’s offers a range of health information on this website in English and other community languages.  You can also ask your midwife or nurse if there is written information available that will help you to know about your condition or treatment. 

Women’s Welcome Centre is on the Ground floor of the Women’s at Parkville. It has a large collection of women’s health resources. Become a member of the library to borrow books and DVDs. There is also a range of brochures and fact sheets in a number of languages available free of charge. Drop in, telephone or email the Centre (see contact information on this page).

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