Day cases

Your day case procedure

A day case procedure is an operation or investigation that does not need you to stay in the hospital overnight. Your procedure may involve an anaesthetic or sedation, and you could need some time to recover before you return home.

Before your appointment
At your appointment
Going home

This information is for patients who are attending appointments in the Gutersloh or Paderborn areas. If your appointment is in another area of Germany, Belgium or Holland, please read our information for EJSU patients.

Before your appointment


You will have been given details about the time, date and location of your appointment. Your medical centre or outpatient department will be able to give you directions. You can also find directions to your main local hospital on our hospital pages. For information about parking, please contact your outpatient department.

You must not drive after your appointment. Please make sure you are accompanied by an adult when you are discharged from the day care unit.

What if I cannot attend?

If you are unable to make your appointment, or need to change the date, please contact your local outpatient department.

What if I do not feel well before my appointment?

If you are unwell in the three days before your appointment please contact your medical centre for an appointment to speak with your GP. 

What to bring with you.

  • - All tablets, medication and inhalers you need 
  • - Your glasses, if you wear them
  • - Comfortable clothes for your journey home. They should be big enough to wear over any bandages you may need without applying pressure to wounds
  • - Crutches, if necessary. You will get these from either your medical centre or through the hospital
  • - Books or magazines to read while you are waiting       

    Please don’t bring any valuables into the hospital with you.

    Please make sure that you do not leave your belongings on display,  while you are out of the room or in theatre, as the hospital cannot take responsibility for these items.

    A lockable cupboard may be available in your room, and you can ask the nurses to look after the key while you are in theatre.
    If you have any item(s) of value (monetary or sentimental) please ask a friend or relative to look after these for you, rather than leaving them in the hospital.

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At your appointment

On arrival

When you arrive at the hospital, please follow the directions to the clinic/department that you were given. Please book in with the clinic reception staff who will explain to you what to do next.

Staff will do their best to see you on time, but sometimes delays are unavoidable.

The procedure

  • - your anaesthetic will be chosen to ensure that you recover quickly and with as few side effects as possible
  • - you may need to be shaved on the area of your body where you are having surgery
  • - when you have recovered sufficiently, you will be offered something to drink
  • - after your operation, you will stay for around two to four hours
  • - a doctor will examine you and tell you when you may leave
  • - if the doctor decides you are not ready to return home, you may be admitted onto one of the hospital wards. 

Patient support officers

Many of the staff can speak English, but you may want additional assistance. 

Patient support officers work in close collaboration with hospital staff and can: 

  • - interpret when you see medical staff
  • - help with questions you may have
  • - advise you on hospital routines.

You can request a patient support officer during office hours via the ward staff. Patient support officers can also be contacted out of hours, in an emergency, via the hospital hotline on 0800 588 9936. 

Consenting to treatment

We want to make sure you understand your condition and the treatment options, which will be fully explained to you by a member of the medical team. The patient support officer can help with this. 

You may be asked to sign a consent form before the treatment starts. No treatment will be carried out without your consent unless it is an emergency and you are unable to give consent. 

Sharing information

Your details will be kept confidential. Military personnel should inform their units about their appointment.

If your appointment leads to a stay in a hospital, then your unit and medical centre will be told about your admission. This helps your unit and other supporting organisations to give you or your family any assistance you may need.

If you are not a serving soldier and do not wish this to happen, then please tell the patient support officer on admission.

Information regarding your treatment may be used for teaching, research or audit purposes, but this will be done anonymously.

Find out more about how we use and protect patient information.

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Going home

The doctor will tell you when you are ready to go home. You will be given a discharge note which is for you to keep. Your medical centre will have an electronic version. Before you leave, please make sure you know about any after-care you need.

Although you may feel fit, due to the effect of any anaesthetic, sedation or other medication it is important that for 24 hours after your procedure you do not:

  • - drive vehicles, handle weapons or operate dangerous machinery
  • - drink alcohol or take sleeping tablets
  • - make important decisions or sign any legal documents or contracts
  • - do any exercise
  • - go to work or school

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Related information

Hospital Handbook for Bielefeld

Hospital Handbook for Paderborn

Day Case Leaflet

Find directions and contact details for your local hospital

Contact your medical centre

Find out what to expect at German hospitals

Give us feedback about your day case appointment

What to do if you receive a medical bill

In a medical emergency, call 112. Then ring the Hospital Hotline number so we can provide any support you need.

Hospital Hotline: 0800 588 9936. If you are calling from Belgium or Holland call 0049 521 305 3960