What should I do to prepare myself for going home after having a gastrostomy tube inserted?
Before you leave the hospital, well before discharge, make sure you, your family and support people receive information about your gastrostomy. Ensure you all understand what your mealtimes and care require. Knowing about the availability of formula and equipment will make the first few days at home much easier. There is back up support available after discharge from hospital from places such as the Royal District Nursing Service, the Gastrostomy Information and Support Society, or the Home Nutrition Service. Make sure you get phone numbers of people who can give you support if you should need it.