Hearing that a close relative or loved one has been hospitalized comes as a huge shock to most of us. Naturally, you want to get to the person quickly, see if they are okay and be with them on the road to recovery. But what if you don’t know exactly which hospital your relative is in? If, for example, there are several clinics in the vicinity or one simply does not get any information about them?
We tell you what rights you have as a relative and how to find your loved one fastest.
A relative is in the hospital – Will I be informed??
In principle: Hospitals and the nursing staff employed there as well as the physicians are bound to the medical confidentiality bound. You may issue for reasons of data protection not to give out any information about the patient, not even about whether the patient is in the hospital at all. They may only disclose information about the patient if the patient agrees to this actively agreed and this in writing and confirmed. A Exception naturally represents the situation if the patient is not in a position to give consent because, for example, he is unresponsive due to a traffic accident and is in a coma.