Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Discharge Information for Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

We try to discharge patients as early in the day as possible. Discharge times for mothers/babies are based on the time of delivery. Your doctor and your nurse provide you instructions about post hospital care. If you have questions about your diet, activities or other matters, please ask your nurse. Your entire care team works with you to support your transition out of the hospital.

Leaving the Hospital (Discharge)

Planning for discharge begins when patients are admitted to the hospital. Throughout the hospital stay, HUP staff will work with patients, their support person(s), and their family to assess patient needs and identify resources to meet these needs. Patients may meet with a social worker or clinical resource coordinator who will discuss options for discharge, recommend a plan and coordinate the arrangements.

Social workers and clinical resource coordinators are part of the interdisciplinary care team at HUP. Social workers can link patients to community resources (such as skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities) that meet health-related needs or concerns. They can help patients and families cope with illness or injury during their stay, and provide referrals to agencies at discharge. Clinical resource coordinators work with patients and families to arrange home care such as home nursing care and home medical equipment.


The doctor and nurse provide patients with detailed instructions about post-hospital care. Questions about diet, activities or other matters should be directed to the nurse. The entire care team works with patients to support their transition out of the hospital.

Personal Items

Please re-check your room to make sure you have all valuables and personal items.


For your convenience, an out-patient pharmacy is located on the first floor of the Ravdin Building. The pharmacy accepts most insurance plans and is open from 7 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday and 9 am to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday.