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What do I have to take to the hospital? The checklist

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There is a lot to prepare for an upcoming hospitalization. Above all, many patients ask themselves: What must or should I take with me? Here is an overview of what you should pack:

“Medical records for the clinic

  • Referral certificate from the general practitioner or specialist
  • Clinic card or name of health insurance and insurance number (for privately insured patients), health insurance card (for patients with statutory health insurance)
  • medical findings (if available) such as x-rays, findings on chronic diseases
  • Medicine passports such as vaccination passport, allergy passport

You can read more about what medical documents you should take with you to the hospital here.


If you take medication regularly, bring it with you to the clinic for the first few days. In the case of rare drugs in particular, it can take a while for the hospital to obtain them. Some medications need to be stopped before surgery. Talk to your doctor about this in good time before your stay in the clinic - at least two to three weeks in advance.

»Laundry and toiletries

  • Towels / washcloths
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Shampoo, shower gel
  • Comb, hair bust
  • deodorant
  • Face cream
  • Makeup kit
  • Nail scissors, nail file
  • Shaving utensils
  • Hair dryer
  • Tampons, sanitary towels
  • small mirror for the bedside table

" Dress

  • comfortable clothing for the stay on the ward and for discharge. Make sure that dressings or thrombosis stockings fit underneath if necessary.
  • Pajamas / nightgowns to change,
  • Bathrobe,
  • sufficient underwear for several days,
  • sufficient stockings, thick socks,
  • Slippers, sturdy shoes, possibly shoehorn.

»Others for personal use

  • Books and magazines,
  • Cell phone (The use of cell phones is now allowed in most hospitals, but is still strictly prohibited in some. However, if you can move outside the clinic, you can make calls there). It is best to find out about the conditions when you register.
  • Alarm clock,
  • Writing utensils, address book,
  • Glasses, contact lenses, cleaner,
  • Hearing aid,
  • Walking stick,
  • adapted support stockings and other aids.

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