FAQ for patients and visitors
There is a general ban on visits at the MHH.
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.
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.
According to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, people with risk factors should first and foremost try to minimize the risk of infection as much as possible. So as for everyone else, the same applies here: Limit physical contact as much as possible, wash your hands often, keep your distance.
You should also be well informed about the clinical picture of COVID-19 in order to recognize the symptoms in time.
If you are ill, you should immediately contact your family doctor or General Practicioner (GP) - by telephone. You can also contact another advisory service such as the medical on-call service on tel. 116 117. You should clarify which individual measures you must now take or whether a COVID 19 test should be taken.
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.
No. The “real” flu (influenza) is caused by the influenza virus, this is a completely different virus than the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that is now circulating. Therefore, the influenza vaccination does not protect against an infection with SARS-CoV-2.
The chapel in ward K6 is open to patients, relatives and staff. Church services are held at the usual times:
Wednesday and Saturday 6.45 pm Catholic Holy Mass. Sunday 10.00 a.m. Protestant service.
The chaplains visit patients on all wards of the MHH without restrictions!
If you would like a visit, you can make contact directly or via the staff on the ward.
The chaplaincy is also available to relatives and can act as a bridge when visiting times are limited.
In the same way, the chaplaincy can be contacted for concerns of the staff of all professional groups.
The 24-hour on-call service remains in place every day of the week.
The pastoral care can be reached by telephone at:
Catholic pastoral care: 5405, from outside: 0511 532 5405
Protestant pastoral care: 5474, from outside: 0511 532 5474