About: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Nedlands 6009
Posted by lateralthinker (as ),
After a stellar performance for emergency surgery, I had to wait 4 and a half hours to be discharged in the Discharge Ward. I felt bad because my parents, who had driven in from the country, had to wait. It was only after my parent told the nurse we were leaving that the nurse contacted the doctor for the discharge information. I was seen by the medical team early in the morning and was cleared to go, so I didn't need any scripts as the pain relief I required I could get from the local chemist, I just needed a medical certificate which in the end my parent said we would get from my local GP. Here we sat taking up a space waiting.
Thinking laterally, uncomplicated discharges could be dealt with electronic medical certificates and the discharge information could be given out by the very experienced discharge nurses (which they did in the end anyway). The lovely nurse tried ringing doctors and I don't think they were very happy with her but she was so professional and understanding. Couldn't this have been done when I was seen by the medical team in the morning? Surely there is some computer program that could generate this?
Other than that it was great and I am eternally thankful, I just thought that this might help those patients in the Discharge Ward like me.