When you come to the hospital, it is best to prepare for your admission by discussing or arranging a number of things in advance. We have prepared a checklist for you below.


The Pre-admission Unit

Come to the Pre-admission Unit at the latest during the week prior to your admission. This ensures that the necessary tests can be carried out and the physicians will have the results available on time.

What does the Pre-admission Unit do?

The Pre-admission Team consists of nurses and anaesthetists who, together with you, will make the necessary preparations for the operation.

  • Administration: All administration associated with the admission will be taken care of.
  • Information: You will receive information about the type of operation, the admission procedure and the guidelines to follow. You will receive a welcome package with various information leaflets.
  • Screening: The nurse will bring your medical history and current state of health up to date. If necessary, the anaesthetist will request additional preoperative tests. (S)he will review your preoperative file at least 48 hours before the operation starts. If the results do not meet the expectations, the general practitioner can still be contacted or additional tests can be requested.

Practical aspects

  • It is not necessary to make an appointment; for example, you can come along after a visit to your physician. You will find the opening times of the Pre-admission Unit below.
Maria Middelares General HospitalMaria Middelares Medical Centre
Every weekday from 8am to 7pmEvery weekday from 8am to 6pm
Come to the Pre-admission Unit before your operation. You do not need an appointment.

What should you bring to the hospital?


  • Identity card
  • Name, address and telephone number of a person we can contact during your stay.
  • Proof of hospital insurance (Assurcard, DKV insurance card)
  • Insurance forms in the event of an accident at work (policy)
  • Your registration card if you claim OCMW (social welfare)


Be sure to bring the following (if applicable):

  • Documents that your attending physician gave to you prior to your admission
  • Reimbursement certificates for medication
  • Prescriptions for allergies or your diet

Your home medication may be replaced by an identical drug that the hospital has in stock. The medication may have a different colour or shape, but it has the same effect. If you still have to take this medication when you return home, you can switch back to the medicine familiar to you. When you are discharged, your physician will give you clear guidelines about which home medication you should or should not continue taking.


It is important that your caregivers know what medication you were taking at home (or shortly before your admission).

You will find the following items in the admissions information package that can be of help here.

  1. Complete list of medications: make sure it is filled in completely and correctly. If necessary, ask your general practitioner or pharmacist for help.
  2. Paper bag for medicines: Put your medication in its original packaging and bring it to the hospital.

On arrival at the ward, a nurse will go through the form with you. If you are allergic to certain drugs, please report this during this conversation.

The medication that you brought with you from home is kept at the nursing station. You will get it back when you are discharged from the hospital.

During your stay, you will receive medication from the hospital. Use your own medication only in consultation with your care provider. Bear in mind that certain combinations can have undesirable effects.

Personal items

  • Toiletries: towels, flannels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shaving items
  • (Sleeping) attire, robe and closed shoes
  • Good sports shoes if you are to take part in a course of rehabilitation
  • Walking aids such as crutches, walker, walking stick... labelled with your last name and first name

What you should not bring to the hospital

It is better to leave large sums of money and expensive items at home. The hospital cannot be held liable for loss or theft. Have you nevertheless brought something valuable with you? We can keep your valuables in the hospital safe. They will be returned to you when you are discharged.

Jewels and other jewellery (e.g. piercings) are not allowed in the operating room for hygienic reasons and can also cause serious problems during surgery. So please leave them at home.

Choosing your room

You can choose from the following room types:

  • room with four beds
  • double room
  • single room

The choice of room does not affect the quality of care. Please bear in mind that we may not be able to give you the room you asked for immediately due to lack of space.

The cost of the room (nursing day rate) is paid by the RIZIV (National Institute for Sickness and Disability Insurance). The patient remains responsible for copayments and additional accommodation costs (the patient portion).

If you choose a single room, you will be charged a supplement. This choice of room may be associated with higher physicians' fees. A list with the maximum fee supplements per physician is available in the Admissions Department. Read more about the price of a room and fee supplements here.