During your stay, your doctors and nurses will let you know how long they think you will be in hospital. It is important that the necessary arrangements are made for your discharge and any after-care that may be required.

If you think you will need support at home, please talk to our staff early so we can arrange the required support ahead of time.

Discharge time is 10am

The official time of discharge from the ward is 10am however you may be transferred to the Transit Lounge ( PDF 2MB) from 8am, Monday to Friday. The transit lounge can be accessed via Bedbrook Row (see the map). Short-term pick-up parking is available. If transferred, you will need to have someone collect you before 6pm.

Day surgery patients will be discharged when they are deemed fit to leave.

There is a short term patient set down zone in front of the transit lounge for your relative, carer or friend to collect you. They can assist by organising transport ahead of time. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult on discharge.

Things to consider before your expected discharge date

To ensure your hospital stay is no longer than necessary, you should begin to consider the following questions well before your expected discharge date: 

  • Do I have someone to pick me up?
  • Do I need a medical certificate for my employer?
  • Do I have my discharge letter, medications, specialist equipment and x-rays previously brought in? 
  • Do I need follow-up appointments?
  • Do I require additional health support or rehabilitation services when I return home?
  • Have I received information about my post-hospital care?

Before leaving the ward

Please make sure you collect any private x-rays, scans and medications and confirm if you have any follow-up appointments. Also, please ensure you take all of your personal items with you.

Your responsibilities

During the first 24 hours after surgery (including day surgery), you must be supervised by a responsible adult. During that time, you should NOT:

  • drink alcohol, take mind-altering substances, or smoke
  • drive a car, bike or other vehicle
  • undertake heavy exercise
  • operate machinery including cooking implements
  • care for infants without responsible help
  • make important decisions or sign a legal document.

Your feedback is important

Our aim is to ensure our patients receive the best possible care throughout their hospital stay. At Fiona Stanley Hospital we encourage your feedback on any aspect of your care to enable us to learn from your experience and to improve our service and acknowledge departments and staff who are meeting or exceeding expectations.

After you have been discharged, you may receive a confidential survey by post. Your participation is very important and your responses will remain confidential, so please feel free to express your opinions frankly. All survey results are regularly reviewed by senior management and service areas.

Our compliments or complaints page contains information on how to let us know about any any concerns or compliments about Fiona Stanley Hospital services or care before, during or after your admission.


Our patient information booklet (PDF 1MB) contains information available on the Your hospital stay pages on our website. It is also available in each patient room.

Patient info booklet

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