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
You will have been given details about the time, date and location of your appointment.
You must not drive after your appointment. Please make sure you are accompanied by an adult when you are discharged from the day case unit.
What if I cannot attend?
If you are unable to make your appointment or need to change the date, please contact the Patient Support Service on 0800 5889936 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobile or outside Germany).
What if I do not feel well before my appointment?
If you are unwell three days prior to your admission date, please contact Patient Support on 0521 77277280.
If you are unwell three days prior to your admission date, please contact the Patient Support Service on 0800 588 9936 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany).
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 your Host Nation GP or through the hospital
- Books, or magazines to read while you are waiting
- An overnight bag and towel even if you think you will only be a day case patient.
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.
At your appointment
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.
- your anaesthetic/sedation 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.
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. Please ask if the consent form is available in English. If you have any difficulties please contact the Patient Support Service.
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. Please forward any reports or invoices to email@example.com. 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.