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Your Discharge

When your doctor decides you are ready to leave the hospital, he or she will write a discharge order. Please arrange for a family member or friend to help in your departure from the hospital. Your doctor and nurse will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have any questions about your diet, activities, or other matters, please be sure to ask at this time.

Checkout Time

Checkout time is usually 1 p.m. on most units; however, checkout time depends on when your physician writes your discharge orders.


Before you leave the hospital, make sure you double check closets and drawers for items that you may have left behind.

After You Are Discharged

There are occasions when patients need additional treatment or care after they are discharged from the hospital. To meet the special needs of these patients, Centra Southside Community Hospital offers the following Home Health Services:

  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Intravenous Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Home Health Aide
  • Consultation Services.

For more information call the Home Health Services office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 434.315.2550.

Your Rights as a Patient

We consider you a partner in your hospital care. While you are a patient at Centra Southside Community Hospital, you are entitled to the following rights:

  • To receive care and treatment in a safe setting, one that promotes respect, dignity, comfort and a positive self image
  • To have individual needs facilitated and respected (ex. Pastoral care, spiritual services, cultural, psychosocial and communication needs)
  • To file a complaint or grievance and to know whom to contact to do so
  • To have personal values, beliefs, personal dignity and preferences respected
  • To expect personal privacy
  • To be involved in and kept informed of your health status, decisions, treatments, prognosis, services, dilemmas and likely outcomes of care, including unanticipated outcomes
  • To be informed of services available within the facility and of any services that may not be covered by your health care insurance
  • To participate in the planning of your care
  • To consent to or refuse treatment, before you give your consent, your physician will have explained the intended procedure, the benefits hoped for and any significant risk factors
  • To have a family member or representative of your choice and your personal physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital
  • To request a second opinion about your diagnosis or treatment (this arranged by your physician)
  • To change physicians during the course of your treatment (it is your responsibility to notify your present physician before such a decision is implemented)
  • To have resuscitative services withheld or provided per your request
  • To have an Advance Directive such as a Living Will or health care proxy which expresses your choices about medical care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself (assistance will be provided at your request)
  • To expect information as to the extent to which the hospital is able, unable, or unwilling to honor Advance Directives
  • To have care provided at the end of life
  • To expect that your clinical and financial records are confidential unless you have given permission to release information or reporting is required by law
  • To access, request amendment to, and receive an accounting of disclosures regarding health information
  • To access information contained in your clinical record within a reasonable time frame
  • To retain personal clothing and possessions as space permits, unless to do so would infringe upon the rights of other patients and unless medically contraindicated
  • To be free from any type of abuse, exploitation or harassment
  • To be free from the use of seclusion or restraint, of any form, as a means of coercion, convenience, or retaliation by staff
  • To have pain assessed and managed appropriately
  • To donate organs and other tissues
  • To be discharged or transferred only for medical reasons, or for your welfare or the welfare of other patients, and to be given reasonable advance notice of the transfer or discharge
  • To respect the right of patient's participating in research, clinical trials or investigation involving human subjects

Your Responsibilities as a Patient

While you are a patient at Centra Southside Community Hospital, you have the following responsibilities:

  • To provide information about your health, including present complaints, past illnesses, hospital stays, use of medicine, Advance Directives, and other matters relating to your health
  • To report perceived risks and unexpected changes in your condition
  • To provide the hospital with feedback about service needs and expectations
  • To follow the care, treatment and service plan instructions set by your healthcare provider, and to voice any concerns about these instructions
  • To accept the consequences for any outcomes that may occur should you not follow the care, treatment and service plan
  • To ask questions when you do not understand information and/or instructions
  • To follow the hospital's rules and regulations, including being considerate of the needs of other patients, staff and hospital property
  • To pay your bill and/or to assure that the financial obligations for your care are promptly fulfilled, regardless of the type or insurance or health care plan you have