You have made an appointment for a hospital treatment. If you go home that same day, your treatment is called outpatient treatment or day surgery. On the day of your appointment, you will have an examination or a procedure. If you stay for one or more nights after your treatment, it is referred to as a hospital admission.
You and your doctor will have discussed whether you will have day surgery or that you will be admitted. You will be told by telephone and/or in writing exactly where you need to be, and when.
It is possible that, after your day surgery, your practitioner does not think it is wise for you to go home that same day. In that case your short stay will be changed into an admission.
What should you take with you for a short stay or an admission?
- your identity document. It shows your citizen service number (Burgerservicenummer or BSN), which the LUMC is required to register;
- your LUMC registration card, if you have been treated in the LUMC before;
- proof that you are registered with your healthcare insurer: your health insurance card or the policy schedule;
- an up-to-date medication summary, which can be obtained from your pharmacy;
- medicines you have taken at home, in the original packaging;
- dietary instructions, if issued to you;
- if you wish, a mobile phone;
- and perhaps something to read or other items to pass the time.
We do advise you not to bring large sums of money or valuables with you to the hospital. The LUMC is not liable for loss or theft.
What other items should you bring if you will be admitted?
- dressing gown
- some small change.
On the day for which your treatment is scheduled, you need to register with the department where you will be admitted. The department will need the following details:
- surname, first name and initials;
- date and place of birth;
- address, postal code, place of residence, telephone number;
- civil status (whether you are married or are living together with a partner);
- insurance details, including commencement date;
- name and address of your GP.
Newborns are registered with the insurance of one of the parents. If you know the policy number when you are admitted, please inform the secretary. If you know your insurance policy number after you leave, please notify the patient records department, telephone number 071 – 526 2675 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your registration details change
You should always notify the department where your treatment will take place immediately of any changes in your personal details. In this way your file will always be up to date if you come again and no important information will be missing during your treatment. A new registration card will be issued to you. You may report a change of address by sending a removal notice, stating your patient number.
Some operations require general or local anaesthetic. In that case you will visit the Anaesthesiology Department on a day before your operation will take place. There it will be investigated whether you can be given an anaesthetic, and what form is most suitable for you. The LUMC has a comprehensive brochure on anaesthesia (in Dutch).
Support to patients aged 70 and over
The LUMC provides extra support to people aged 70 and over. This starts during the admission interview with the nurse. He or she will ask extra questions about your health. We do this to minimise the risks of an operation for you.
We need to know, for instance, whether you have any physical impairments. You will be given any extra help or attention you may need during your treatment, day surgery or admission. Our brochure on how to stay fit and alert during your stay in hospital (in Dutch) contains advice on what you can do to prevent mental and functional decline and contribute to the success of your treatment or admission.
When you are discharged, you may not be fully physically fit. Especially if you have had a general anaesthetic, your responses may be slower than usual. We therefore advise you not to go home on your own, and not to drive a car. Make arrangements for your transportation back home before your procedure or operation.