After an emergency room visit or hospital stay
Schedule and keep follow-up appointments
Patients often ask why they should see their healthcare provider after an emergency room visit or hospital stay. There are many reasons why it’s a good idea. Here are a few:
- It’s important for your provider to know the reason for your visit or stay, and the care you got while there.
- Timely follow-ups allow you and your provider to talk about next steps for your recovery.
- For help in planning self-care activities to avoid a return visit or stay.
Follow-up appointments are most important within seven days after leaving the emergency room or hospital. Follow-up care can be with a primary care provider, or with a mental health practitioner - the care you receive is based on the reason for your visit or stay.
What to expect during a follow-up appointment
Your healthcare provider may ask:
- How are you feeling today?
- What are your goals for the follow-up appointment?
- What was the reason for your visit or stay?
- What medications are you taking, and on what schedule?
- What does your support system look like?
Your healthcare provider may also:
- Review any medications you are taking and adjust, if needed.
- Share results of any hospital tests that were done.
- Talk about, or review, your Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
- Schedule your next follow-up appointment, if needed.
In some cases, a follow-up appointment can take place on the same day a patient leaves the hospital and may be in the form of a home or telehealth visit, or at a mental health center.