Patient Discharge

When it is time for you to go home, your doctor will write a discharge order.

Discharge Instructions

Instructions will be explained fully to you by your nurse. These may include specific instructions regarding any medication, treatment or special diet you may require, as well as the date and time of your next doctor or clinic appointment.

Our planning staff will arrange for any special needs you may have, such as medical equipment or home health visits. St. Margaret’s Hospital offers comprehensive discharge planning on all floors covering any services you may require at home.

Personal Belongings

A staff member can assist you when packing your personal belongings. Be sure to double check all drawers and closets before leaving your room. Before you leave, please make sure you have your dentures and eyeglasses, should you have them. 


Prescriptions should be filled by your regular pharmacy.


When you are ready to leave the building, you will be escorted to your car.

Valet Parking

Monday – Friday  |  7am – 5pm
(located at the north entrance of the hospital)

Cart Service

Free transportation to/from your vehicle
Monday – Friday  |  9am – 3pm



Pertaining to COVID-19 Testing:

Due to critical shortages of supplies, St. Margaret’s Health is no longer testing walk-in patients for COVID-19; a physician’s order IS REQUIRED. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please isolate at home, wear a mask and IF symptoms develop, contact your physician to request an order to be tested.

Having symptoms? In order to be tested for COVID-19, Influenza (Flu), Strep, RSV, or to receive a Respiratory Array test, patients MUST have a doctor’s order. Contact your medical care provider. Please DO NOT visit the testing center in Spring Valley without a physician’s order, OR visit an Emergency Department for testing.

There are many sites throughout the Illinois Valley that are still currently testing without physician’s orders, although appointments may be required.  Please refer to local pharmacies and health departments websites, or visit for more information.

Thank you!

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