Admission, discharge and after care

When you are due to be admitted to the hospital, you will receive an admissions booklet in advance. In here you will find an explanation of what will happen in the hospital and what you will need to take into account.

If possible, the admission date will be scheduled to suit you. If you are unable to attend the hospital on the scheduled date and/or time, please contact the admissions desk in advance. Then we can help another patient.

Contact details

Admissions desk (Bureau Opname) (010) 291 1213.

Day of admission

On the day of admission, please report to the admissions desk at the agreed time. Besides your personal details, other information will be noted such as whether you take medication, are on a diet or have any allergies.

Bring the following items with you:

  • Valid proof of identification
  • Valid health insurance documents
  • Medication which you take at home in the original packaging
  • Any dietary needs
  • Nightwear
  • Underwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Something for your relaxation (e.g. a book)

Food and drinks

You will receive a letter at home containing information about the admission date and time. The letter will also inform you about the latest point in time you are allowed to eat or drink. To prevent airway obstruction due to stomach content, you should not eat anything 6 hours prior to the operation. Up to 2 hours prior to the operation, you may drink clear fluids such as tea, water and lemonade (no milk or other dairy products).  A sip of water when brushing your teeth or taking medication is always allowed.


Your doctor or anaesthesiologist will tell you whether you may take your own medication on the day of admission or not. Unless your doctor tells you differently, you may continue to take your medication as usual.


In order to minimise the risk of infection, you must wash yourself as well as possible at home, preferably by taking a shower. Before you are brought to the operating theatre, you must remove your watch and any other jewellery. Make-up, henna on the hands, nail polish and any piercings must be removed and the nails cut short. For a general anaesthetic, dentures,glasses and/or lenses must be removed and left in the ward. For a local anaesthetic this is not required. You may always wear your hearing aid.


Before a procedure, examination or operation, you may need an anaesthetic. You will be given information in advance by the anaesthesiologist or his/her assistant about pre and post surgical care and the form of the anaesthetic. The most suitable form depends on the operation, your age, your physical fitness, your preference and the anaesthesiologist's preference. You will also receive the information booklet on anaesthesia to inform you about the upcoming procedure.

Discharge and after care

As soon as your examination(s) and/or treatment(s) have been completed, you will be discharged. Occasionally, future check-ups might be required. Depending on your condition, your treatment could be continued in the form of outpatient care or after care.

Upon discharge, you will receive:

  • instructions and advice for at home
  • an appointment for a check-up in the outpatients' clinic
  • a prescription for the required medication

Sometimes the doctor may decide that staying for a longer period of time for observation is required. This is no cause for concern. Generally this is solely for safety purposes.

After Care

One of the nurses on the ward will discuss with you and your family what care will be required after your discharge from hospital. At Maasstad Hospital, this care is generally arranged by the After Care department. This department will help you in the process of applying for home care, a domestic help or the process of admission to a nursing home.

Care hotel

Obviously you do not want to spend more time in the hospital than necessary.  If you have recovered from the operation sufficiently in order to leave the hospital, but the conditions at home could hinder a quick recovery, you are welcome to stay at Aafje care hotel, location Maasstad Hospital. Here luxury hotel facilities are combined with tailored medical care. This way, you will be able to spend a period of time in a comfortable environment before your return home.

Aafje care hotel, location Maasstad Hospital, is linked to the hospital. Not only does it work closely with the specialists, the care hotel is also physically connected to the hospital. The care hotel has a combined total of 121 rooms. These consist out of both single rooms, as well as double rooms for guests with a partner (regardless of whether the partner needs medical care).

You can contact Aafje care hotel, location Maasstad Hospital at (088) 823 2000.