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When I leave the hospital, will my family doctor be updated on my progress?

When you leave the hospital, your family doctor will be updated on your progress. The discharging physician will send a discharge summary to your family doctor. If there is anything urgent that needs to be followed up, such as a lab value, or if you were in the hospital with multiple comorbidities, like heart failure and pneumonia, your family doctor will be called when you are ready for discharge. This will help prevent your needing to be readmitted.

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