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What you should know about your upcoming stay with us

We extend a warm welcome to you and look forward to seeing you shortly at Balgrist University Hospital.

We will do everything in our power to look after you to the best of our ability and make your stay as comfortable as possible. The following information is intended to help you prepare for your forthcoming stay at the clinic. Have we forgotten something? Our reception team is here to help you.

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Balgrist University Hospital
Forchstrasse 340
8008 Zürich

+41 44 386 11 11
+41 44 386 11 09

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Preliminary examination

Before your definite admission date (outpatient or inpatient) you will be given a medical examination in our preliminary examination centre and informed about the care we provide. Depending upon the treatment or operation the following will be clarified or undertaken:

  • Nursing needs
  • The operation will be discussed
  • The anaesthetic will be discussed
  • Diagnostics
  • Blood sample will be taken

Orthopaedic aids will be organised by the preliminary examination team. Walking sticks can be purchased from Balgrist Tec AG (rental not possible).

Please be aware that you may have to wait during the preliminary examination. You should therefore calculate half a day. Hand patients do not undergo a preliminary examination.

What do I have to bring to the preliminary examination?

We kindly ask you to fill out the forms below, and bring them with you. You will receive the forms together with your appointment letter.

  • Anaesthesia anamnesis
  • Admission questionnaire
  • Consent form

Where available, please bring the following with you:

  • Patient decree (living will)
  • Blood group certificate
  • Allergy certificate
  • Pacemaker certificate / endocarditis prophylaxis card
  • Accident certificate / daily sickness benefit insurance form
  • Blood coagulation certificate
  • Blood glucose diary
  • Report from your GP / list of medications
  • Previous laboratory examinations
  • ECG
  • X-Rays

Suspending medication

Have you discussed suspending blood coagulation medication with the doctor or have you been informed about the possibility? Please refer to the enclosure “Important information about medication” and bring along sufficient medication for the duration of your stay (plus 2-3 days) in the original packaging.

Illness before admisssion

Being unwell, having an influenza infection or uncontrolled high blood pressure might lead to a situation where the operation has to be cancelled. If you happen to feel unwell during the week before the operation please contact the medical secretary for the physician/team responsible for your treatment.

We have pleasure in welcoming you to our modern premises

Our waiting rooms 1-3, as well as the Polyclinic Orthopaedics reception and the preliminary examination room, offer a calming ambience. Rooms flooded with light and comfortable seating are designed to make your stay even more pleasant.

On the day of admission

The admission date is to be found on your appointment letter. As a rule you will be admitted to the clinic on the day of, or the day before, your operation. Please complete the documents sent to you and bring them along. On arrival, please register at one of our registration terminals near the main entrance, or proceed to the reception desk. By arriving on time you are helping to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Checklist for your hospital stay

In order to make your stay at our clinic comfortable please bring with you:

  • Health insurance certificate
  • Toiletries
  • Tracksuit
  • Nightdress, pyjamas
  • Dressing gown, if necessary
  • Slippers and trainers
  • Stout shoes (e.g. After a hip operation)
  • Swimsuit for aqua-therapy (in particular for shoulder and rheumatic patients and rehabilitation)
  • Jacket and shoes for walking in the woods (patients suffering from rheumatism)
  • Please also bring along a 5-franc piece for the safe in your room


We recommend that you leave valuables, especially jewellery and expensive watches, at home. Balgrist University Hospital cannot be held liable for losses or theft.

Nail varnish and/or gel nails on hands and feet must be removed before an operation takes place. Please bring along all medication in the original packaging.

Internet , television, telephone

We are happy to provide our patients and visitors with free wi-fi. If you are an inpatient all information about the WLAN can be found in the patient information folder in your room. Visitors and outpatients can request access via SMS.


  • Select the network “UKBGUEST”
  • Click “Create account”
  • Register using your mobile phone number (you will receive a PIN via SMS)
  • Please enter the four-digit code in the field “PIN” 
  • Read the GTCs and confirm by ticking before clicking “Login”

You have a separate telephone line at your disposal and may receive calls by phone directly from 7 am until 10 pm (round-the-clock in private rooms). On the day of admittance you will receive your patient card and instructions on how to use your telephone and internet connection

Radio and Television

All our rooms are equipped with radio and television. The chip card can also be used to operate the radio and TV.

Patient card

On the day of your admission, you will receive a patient card with which you can use the telephone, TV and radio free of charge. Headphones are available free of charge if required. When you are discharged, you can leave the card in the patient terminal.

Rooming in

Should any relatives wish to spend the night at the clinic during your stay, we can provide a rooming-in service for children and privately insured patients. The bed allocation service will be pleased to provide you with information about availability and charges.

+41 44 386 30 30


If your insurance covers you for the general ward or a semi-private room, but you would like to take advantage of additional comfort and a choice of doctor during your stay, you can upgrade to a private room.

Please contact the inpatient admissions desk before your arrival to discuss this matter (tel. 044 386 30 35). We will be happy to advise you of the options, procedure and costs involved in an upgrade and take all the necessary steps to meet your needs. Unfortunately, room-only upgrades cannot be arranged.