FAQ for patients and visitors
At the MHH, visits are possible under certain conditions.
We are facing a virus that is currently not optimally treatable. Treatment is limited to relieving the symptoms, that is, to dampen strong febrile reactions with antipyretic drugs, to support the circulation and, if breathing is difficult, to give oxygen.
In severe cases, the patients are connected to a ventilator, which means that they come to the hospital in the intensive care unit. And then they often have to be treated there for a very long time, i.e. three to four weeks.
The MHH does not use any of the drugs that initially circulated in the public debate, for example against malaria, HIV or Ebola. While these are all potentially effective. But the problem is that there is no reliable data on the effects and side effects of any of these drugs in Covid 19 patients.
The big challenge for doctors and nursing staff is that this disease is different from what we have known up to now. The course of the disease is extremely difficult to predict and often runs in waves - i.e. the patient is fine and then the condition worsens again for a wide variety of reasons.
Yes, our Department of Pneumology runs a COVID19 follow-up consultation. Patients who have had the Sars-CoV-2 disease can present themselves at this consultation.
We ask for your understanding that we can only care for patients who have had a proven Sars-CoV-2 infection, i.e. in whom either the virus directly or corresponding antibodies have been detected.
Consultation hours from Tuesdays to Thursdays by appointment, building K05, level 02 ► To the map of the MHH (in German)
Checklist for outpatient appointments
- A current referral from your general practitioner or specialist at the time of the appointment
- Your health card (health insurance card)
- Absolutely: Your medication plan (Bundeseinheitlicher Medikationsplan according to § 31a in SGB V, available from your GP).
- If available: Preliminary findings and the last doctor's letter
- If necessary: one transport voucher each for the outward and return journey
Telephone +49 511 532 5030
fax +49 511 532 18538
Risk factors are an age of 65 upwards with underlying conditions of the respiratory tract and the cardiovascular system, diabetes, overweight and high blood pressure. People of middle age can also become seriously ill, although this is rarer. Young people become ill only slightly in most of the cases; unfortunately, there are exceptions in which young people also have died.
Chronically ill persons are exposed to an increased risk that an infection with the coronavirus will take a severe course. Vaccination is therefore particularly recommended for them. Risk factors include previous diseases of the cardiovascular system and the lungs, liver disease, diabetes or cancer. Other risk factors include a weakened immune system due to medication (e.g. cortisone), being overweight and having lungs that are affected by smoking. Different risk factors can also reinforce each other. This means that older people with pre-existing conditions and other risk factors must be especially careful not to become infected. Adherence to the AHA formula: Keeping a distance (at least 1.5 metres), observing hygiene rules (proper coughing, sneezing and thorough hand washing) and wearing a mask in everyday life is therefore particularly important here. Even if cases of COVID-19 become known in your private or professional environment, this should be communicated accordingly in order to accelerate specific measures.
- The MHH Transplant Centre has compiled information for people with weakened immune systems.
- The HLTX e.V. - Verein für Herz-Lungen-Transplantation (association for heart-lung transplantation) has information especially for transplanted patients.
- For cancer patients, the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC Hannover) has put together a detailed overview here, which provides important information - including podcasts.