Going Home

Discharge Planning

Your doctor will tell you when you can go home. Have a family member or friend pick you up. Your ride may park temporarily at the front entrance of the hospital. Do not park in the red zone. Do not leave your car for more than 20 minutes.

A Discharge Planning Nurse will assist you in arranging for your care when you go home. This care may include:
  • Home care agencies
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Equipment rental businesses
  • Home meals
  • Visits by a Public Health Nurse

Contact your doctor or nurse if you have any questions about these services.

Taking Care of Yourself at Home

The Nursing staff will provide a copy of your discharge instructions, as well as information on any medications you will be taking at home. Please call your doctor or the nursing staff if you have questions.

Discharge Check List

  • Arrange for someone to pick you up in front of Natividad Medical Hospital located at 1441 Constitution Blvd, Salinas, CA 93906.
  • Know any signs or symptoms that you should watch for. Find out what you should do if you have these signs or symptoms.
  • Ask for the phone number of a person to call if you have any problems after leaving the hospital.
  • Find out about any follow up appointments, treatments, or care you may need after discharge.
  • Make sure you understand special instructions such as:
    • Taking care of your wound
    • Performing physical exercises
    • Using special equipment
    • Diet restrictions
  • Ask for a list of medicines you will be taking at home. Make sure you understand the directions for taking them.
  • Arrange for your nurse to call in or fax any prescriptions you may need to the pharmacy of your choice. Natividad Medical Center does not have an outpatient pharmacy.
  • Arrange for someone to pick up your prescriptions so you have them when you get home.
  • Pack everything you brought including medications to go home with you.

Once You Get Home

  • Have family/friends wash their hands before and after visiting you.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • If you get a fever, the surgical site is red, sore or drains fluid, CALL DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY or go to the Emergency Department
  • Wash hands often and before and after caring for surgical site or catheter.
  • Don’t touch your surgical site or catheter unless it needs care.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Take your medications as directed by your physician.

Patient Survey

We strive for excellence and would be honored if you would share your experience at Natividad Medical Center.

After your discharge you may be randomly selected to give us feedback regarding your stay by answering a few questions in a telephone survey. We value the opinions and suggestions you share with us. This is an opportunity to give us important insight that will help us improve our services.


Natividad Medical Center • 1441 Constitution Blvd. • Salinas, CA 93906 • (831) 755-4111