Going home

Nurse with boy in wheelchair at PCH

Your child’s doctor or nurse will let you know when your child is well enough to go home. 

Discharge usually happens by 10am. Your child’s healthcare team will tell you what you need to do to support your child’s recovery at home.

Discharge check list:

  • Transport: Arrange with someone the day before to be picked up, and then you can confirm that morning that you’re ready to go home. Discharge time is 10am if your child is well enough for discharge.
  • Your discharge summary: Your discharge summary contains information about your child’s condition and care (such as medications and follow up appointments) once they have left hospital. Feel free to ask a nurse for your child’s discharge summary leading up to their day of discharge.
  • Medications: The Ward Pharmacist will arrange the medications you will need to go home and you will be given instructions on how to give these before you go home.
  • Equipment: Your child will be assessed for any special equipment such as crutches by a member of the Allied Health team before you are discharged, They will make sure your child is using them properly before going home. You can read more on where to return equipment here.
  • Instructions for your child’s ongoing care: Hospital in the Home (HiTH) or the Post-Acute Care Service can be arranged if needed.
  • Medical certificate for your child’s school or your work: ask your nurse for this as soon as possible.
  • Follow up appointment information: We will send you and your GP a letter about your child’s hospital visit and follow up care. You will receive a letter in the post around three weeks before your scheduled follow up appointment with us.
  • Private x-rays: Make sure you bring these home with you if you brought any with you to PCH.
  • Personal belongings.

After your child has been discharged

Often after a stay in hospital, children will go through a period of readjustment to home. You may notice your child is more demanding, emotional or anxious. If you feel their reaction is excessive or prolonged, please see your GP or contact Keeping Kids in No Distress (KKIND).

If you need help understanding the instructions you were given for your child’s care after they leave hospital or you are concerned about your child’s condition, please contact one of your treating team or the ward on 6456 2222.

You can also:
If you have urgent concerns for your child’s health and wellbeing please go to an Emergency Department, either at Perth Children’s Hospital or at a hospital closer to your home.

Emergency contact

Please contact your ward or treating team on 6456 2222 if you're concerned about your child's condition.