What should I watch for after I am discharged from hospital?

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What to watch for after discharge from hospital

Call an AMBULANCE or go to your local EMERGENCY if you have:

  • Chest pain that feels like angina or a heart attack

  • Shortness of breath, not relieved by rest

  • Sudden, severe headache

  • Sudden, severe abdominal pain

  • Bright red stools, or bleeding from your bowels

  • Coughing up bright red blood

  • Fainting spells

  • Heart rate faster than 150 beats per minute with shortness of breath, or a new irregular heart rate

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in arms or legs


Consider calling or visiting your LOCAL DOCTOR if you have:

  • An elevated temperature of more than 38°C two times within 24 hours

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Pain in your calf that becomes worse when lifting toes towards your head

  • Acute gout flare-up

  • Persistent bleeding or ooze from your chest or leg wound

  • Sharp pain when taking a deep breath

  • Skin rash

  • Urinary Tract Infection: burning, frequent urination, urgency or bloody urine

  • Weight gain of more than 1kg within 24 hours

  • Worsening ankle swelling or leg pain

  • Worsening shortness of breath

  • New onset of nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea