Patient information

It is important to us that our patients are properly informed about their operation and stay at the Bellaria Surgical Centre. We will provide you with all the important information regarding your admission, stay and discharge from our facility. For a detailed overview, we recommend taking a look at our brochure "Outpatient care at Bellaria Surgical Centre" (in German).

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

Important documents

Before your procedure our patient admissions team will send you some important forms that will help us to properly prepare for your stay. We kindly ask you to fill out the following forms and send them back to the admissions team:

  • Admission form
  • Copy of your insurance policy
  • Anaesthesia questionnaire

After we have received your completed documents, we will contact your health insurer and request confirmation regarding the coverage of your procedure. Please note that all procedures at the Bellaria Surgical Centre may be subject to a patient contribution, depending on your health insurance policy.

 

Travel to and from the centre

Organise your travel to and from the centre in advance. Ask a friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up, or organise a taxi. According to the current legal provisions, patients are considered unfit to drive vehicles or sign contracts for 24 hours after undergoing an anaesthesia.


Eating and drinking

If you are scheduled to have a general or local anaesthetic, you may have a light meal until no later than midnight on the night before your surgery. On the day of your procedure it is important that you do not eat anything for 5 hours before you arrive at the centre. During that time you can also only drink clear liquids (no milk, etc.) You may drink clear liquids up until 2 hours before you are due to be admitted to the centre. In the 2 hours directly before your admission, you must not eat anything at all (not even sweets, chewing gum or cigarettes).


Medications

If you take any regular medication, please talk to your family doctor or attending doctor about whether you are allowed to take this medication on the morning of your operation. Please bring all your medications including their original packaging with you. If you have any questions, please contact the Bellaria Surgical Centre on T +41 44 209 25 25, Monday – Thursday from 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

ENTRY

Please use the checklist to make sure you are well prepared for your admission to the centre and have all the necessary documents and other items with you. Please check in at the welcome desk when you arrive at the Bellaria Surgical Centre. You will be received by a member of our nursing staff. Our nursing staff will inform you about what will happen before and after your procedure. Then you will prepared for surgery.

Please remember to adhere to the following guidelines for your admission:

  • Shower 
  • No make-up and no skin products (moisturiser)
  • No rings, earrings, necklaces or any other jewellery (piercings)
  • Bring your hearing aid, glasses, contact lenses with you
DISCHARGE

After the operation you will be personally looked after by the anaesthetist and our nursing staff until you are ready to be discharged. Generally patients can return home on the same day as the operation. Your exact departure time from the Bellaria Surgical Centre will be determined by the anaesthetist after they have consulted your attending doctor. Your friends and family can ask our nursing staff at any time about the progress of the operation, your health and the time of discharge.

Travelling home from the Bellaria Surgical Centre

Please take a taxi or organise for a friend or family member to pick you up and drive you home. According to the current legal provisions, patients are considered unfit to drive vehicles or sign contracts for 24 hours after undergoing an anaesthesia.

Medication, wound care and hygiene at home

Before you leave the Bellaria Surgical Centre the nursing staff and your doctor will talk to you about any medication you need to take, as well as hygiene and wound care. Your doctor will also inform you about any special dietary rules you need to observe. After the operation you should arrange to be looked after by your relatives or friends. If your mobility is limited or you are having difficulties independently managing everyday tasks, please talk to your doctor about organising home help or other domestic services.

Follow-up appointment

Please make sure you have arranged a follow-up appointment with your attending doctor.

Contact in case of health problems

Should you experience any unexpected health problems after you have left the centre, please immediately contact your attending doctor. If your doctor cannot be reached, call the Bellaria Surgical Centre on T +41 44 209 25 25, Monday – Thursday from 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.