Prepare your admission

Admission (Downstairs Clinic)

Admission planning
In case of a planned admission, you will be called by telephone by the Admission Ward as soon as a place becomes available at the ward. You will receive this call one to two days prior to admission and in some cases on the day of admission. Unfortunately, on rare occasions it happens that a planned admission is postponed due to circumstances. You will then be informed about this as soon as possible.

For information about the waiting list, you can contact the Admission Ward on working days between 8 a.m. and 4.15 p.m. on telephone number +31 (0)20 755 7107.

Sometimes, an admission at the hospital is acute, leaving little time for preparation. In case of an emergency admission, the order of actions depends on the severity of the illness or symptom. The specialists and nurses inform you about this as much as possible.
 
What should you bring?

  • Clothing: dressing gown, slippers, shower slippers, nightdress/pyjamas, underwear, comfortable clothing. 
  • Toiletries: comb or brush, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste. 
  • Relaxation: books, magazines, writing material, MP3 player/iPod, laptop, etc. 
  • Medication you normally use in the original packaging. 
  • List of all medication you take; you can have your own pharmacy print it.

If necessary:

  • Dietary guidelines. 
  • Glasses, contact lenses, hearing aid. 
  • Own pillow (at own risk). 
  • Toiletries: razor, tampons (sanitary napkins are provided by the hospital), container for dentures. 
  • Headphone for sound of radio and TV (also available at the shop in the hall or, if the shop is closed, at the reception desk). 
  • Proof of donor registration. 
  • Euthanasia passport. 
  • Do Not Resuscitate form; please also report this to the specialist.
  • Sleep apnoea devices.

Valuable belongings
Leave valuable belongings such as jewellery and large amounts of money at home. The hospital cannot be held liable for missed, lost or damaged goods.

Admission for surgery (Upstairs Clinic)

Admission planning for surgery
When you are admitted for an operation, you are directly referred from the outpatient clinic to the Admission Ward. If possible, your operation is scheduled right away here and an appointment is made at the Anaesthetics Outpatient Clinic for an intake interview. If the operation cannot be scheduled right away, you will be contacted by telephone as soon as the operation can be planned.
 
Medication intake interview
In some cases you come to the hospital for a meeting with a staff member of the Pharmacy Service Point (Apotheek Service Punt or ASP) to prepare for the operation and admission. He or she will go over with you what medication you normally take. The meeting takes place at the Admission Ward. For this meeting we ask that you bring your own medication in the original packaging. The ASP requests your medication information from your own pharmacy. 
 
Intake interview
In preparation of your operation and admission, an intake interview also takes place between you, the anaesthesiologist, the nurse and in some cases the Assistant Physician at the Anaesthetics Outpatient Clinic. You will receive oral and written information on the admission, operation and anaesthetics (narcosis). You will also be informed on blood transfusion and resuscitation if necessary, and you will be asked for a:

  • Contact person;
    The ward would like to know who your two contact persons are and on which telephone numbers they can be reached. Your first contact person is the person with whom the hospital communicates about your situation and treatment. Conversely, this person can call the ward at agreed times for information, and that way keep your family and friends up-to-date. In view of your privacy, information is only provided to your first contact person. 
  • Medication;
    For the specialists and nurses it is important to know what medication you take. For that reason, please bring a list of all medication you take; you can have your own pharmacy print it. In addition, bring your own medication in the original packaging. This also includes medication you bought at the pharmacy yourself.  
  • Over-sensitivity;
    If you are over-sensitive to certain nutrition, medication, iodine or other substances, report this as quickly as possible.

Furthermore, during the intake interview you have been given written instructions for your admission:

  • The time of your operation. 
  • Food and drink before the operation. 
  • The use of smoking materials, alcohol and drugs before the operation. 
  • Which hygiene rules you have to observe. 
  • What to bring and what to leave at home.

Follow these instructions as closely as possible.

If necessary, bring …
Apart from the items listed on the instructions form for your admission, you may also bring your proof of donor registration, euthanasia passport and Do Not Resuscitate form to the hospital. During the intake interview, you were also asked about your wishes concerning resuscitation.

Unable to attend or ill?
If, in case of a scheduled admission for an operation you are unexpectedly unable to attend, ill or have a fever of more than 38.5°C, you are requested to call the ward where you are to be admitted.