Leaving Hospital

Leaving Hospital

Going Home

Discharge is usually between 10am and 10.30am.

Discharge Lounge

The Discharge Lounge is located via Drought Street (near the Emergency Department entrance) in the Bendigo Hospital campus and is available Monday to Sunday from 8am to 4.30pm (excluding public holidays). 

The service offers a place for you to wait while your discharge arrangements are finalised. The team assists with organising transport, contacting relatives, booking appointments and last minute requirements.

Light refreshments are available and your relatives can drive to the Emergency Department entrance to collect you.  

Transport home

Transport home is the responsibility of the patient or family/carer. Please ensure that arrangements have been made prior to your discharge and discuss any issues with the staff caring for you. 

Ambulance transport

Ambulance transport is only available if you have complex clinical needs as advised by medical staff. The service is only available if you are an ambulance subscriber or pensioner. 

Follow up services

When you no longer need hospital care, it may be better for you to receive care in another location. Bendigo Health offers a range of ongoing care services that can support your care at home or in an alternative facility.  Outpatient appointments may also be arranged after you are discharged. 

Services include: 

  • Hospital in the Home
  • GEM@Home and Rehabilitation@Home
  • Post Acute Care
  • Transition Care Program
  • Hospital Admission Risk Program
  • Community Palliative Care
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

See the At Home Care page for more information.

Patient Accounts

Patient accounts can be paid by mail or in person.
If paying by mail, please send to:
 

Bendigo Health
PO Box 126
Bendigo 3552
 
If you are paying in person, please go to the accounts desk at:
 
Bendigo Hospital campus  
or    
Anne Caudle Centre campus 
 
For all enquiries regarding patient accounts please call 5454 6000. 

Public patients

Except for discharge medicines, hospital and medical costs are covered for public patients. 

Private patients

Private patients and their health funds are responsible for hospital accommodation costs and for the payment of accounts rendered by medical practitioners.

WorkCover, Transport Accident Commission and Occupational Health and Safety patients

Please provide your claim number or complete the appropriate forms and submit them to your employer or the Transport Accident Commission. 

Hospice Evaluation Unit

Private patients will receive advice at admission regarding your account. 

Contact Us

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 6000

Email

[email protected]