Canterbury DHB


Discharges and Coding

Failure to observe the correct discharge procedure can lead to considerable inefficiency and cause inconvenience to the patient.

Upon discharge from hospital, patients under the care of Haematology should be told to ring 364 0384 (HOP) if they are unwell or febrile during normal clinic hours (which are 0800h – 1630h, Monday to Friday).

Outside these hours they should ring the Haematologist on call via the hospital switchboard.

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This is done on the ward by the Coding Team. Make sure the underlying haematological diagnosis is clearly stated in the notes because this is used by the coders for accurate internal accounting and to obtain payments in the case of patients who come from out of district. Ensure that all diagnoses are recorded.

For advice about ICD codes, see

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Topic Code: 4631