blood decrease - what to consider

planned bloodsamplings take place mondays, wednesdays and fridays

between  7:00 and 9:00 am .  For most types of samples the results will be available the following working day.

For the  blood decrease you need to stay sober – at least in most cases. If in doubt ask us wether it is necesssary to stay sober.

Sober means not to digest any calories  6 better 8 hours prior to blood decrease. This includes beverages – e.g. juice or sugar in your coffee.  For certain blood samples the day prior to the blood decrease you shouldn´t drink alcohol.

Drinking water  is not a problem.

As rule you can take your daily medication at the usual time, also prior to the blood decrease.

However, you might need to pause or postpone certain antidiabetic medications, exspecially insulin, in order to prevent hypoglycemia ( dangerously low blood sugar )

If you  take L-Thyroxin (  thyroid  hormone ) you should likewise postpone this medication until the blood decrease took place

appointments and waiting time

We try to keep waiting time as short as possible. However, it is not always possible to foresee how long a certain appointment will last.

It might be that patients who only get a blood decrease or a short information e.g. regarding a x-ray result, are called earlier.

If you don´t have an appointment, patient who have one, may be called prior to you though they came later than you.

To reduce waiting time it is recommended to make an appointment.

referral slip

For all specialist consultations you need a refferal slip ( ” Überweisungsschein”).  At first glance this may seem bureaucratic, but there is good reason for this rule.

Every specialist who receives a refferal slip is obliged to write a short report to the practitioner. So all medical results or findings can be regarded at one place. That means we have an overview and can  therefore give you  better advice and treatment.

prescriptions

You can call us in advance to get a new prescrption of  constant medications which already have been prescriped by us. You need to show up in person to pick up the prescription though.

Prescription drugs which you take on a regular basis, but which have been prescriped by another doctor :

In general the doctor who started the medication, is also the one to write you further prescriptions.

vaccination

For all vaccinations please remember to bring your vaccination certificate. Often only your vaccination certificate allows us to say with certainty which vaccinations you might need.

The flu vaccination  is recommended for many persons ( and everybody by the age of 60 and older ) on a yearly basis. The vaccination should take place prior to the unsual onset of the flu season. That means until the end of november.

A flu vaccination later than this still makes sense. Though it is possible, that you catch the flu, before you have been vaccinated.

Travel vaccinations – that means all vaccinations* which are not already recommended for Germany itself – are generally not covered by insurance. Therefore both the consultation regarding the vaccination and the actual vaccine are to be paid for privately.

Many government health insurers ( “Gesetztliche Krankenkassen” ) will reimburse the cost for the vaccine itself ( but not the consultation costs ). There is no entitlement for this.  It is always an act of goodwill on the side of the insurance.

Overview :  Reimbursement policies of different insurers  CRM ( without engagement ).

Private insurers : It depends on your contract wether the costs for travel vaccinations are covered.

* poliovaccination is an excemption, if  polio is a risk at your travel destination.