English information

Opened in 1928, St. Joseph's Hospital (»St. Joseph Krankenhaus« in German), with its 485 beds, is the largest Catholic hospital in Berlin. Around 75.000 patients are treated here as either inpatients or outpatients every year.

One of the hospital's areas of medical expertise is obstetrics, with almost 4.000 deliveries per year. The attached level 1 perinatal centre for the care of premature and ill newborns was the first in the world to be distinguished as »baby-friendly« by the WHO/UNICEF: here, excellent medical care is combined with a family-centred care concept, with parents and their child spending the entire duration of their stay together (a practice known as »rooming-in«). The same practice also applies in the postnatal ward, which is both modern and homely.

In the »Josephinchen – Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin« (St. Joseph's Centre for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine), comprehensive treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 years is provided, both in the paediatric and surgical clinics as well as in the child psychiatry, child psychosomatic medicine and child psychotherapy departments. In the ZVM (»Zentrum für Vasculäre Malformationen bei Kindern« or Centre for Vascular Malformations in Children), a team of international experts treats young patients suffering from vascular malformations.

Berlin's largest non-university centre for nephrology is also located in St. Joseph's Hospital: patients suffering from acute or chronic kidney diseases have been treated here for over 30 years, and around 1.000 dialyses are carried out here every month. The Centre for Dialysis Approaches (Shunt Centre) is attached to the clinic.

In St. Joseph's Hospital, internists, surgeons and gynaecologists treat patients with tumour diseases in an interdisciplinary manner. The TeDaZett (»Tempelhofer Darmzentrum« or Tempelhof Colon Centre), which has been distinguished by the German Cancer Society, provides an expert network of professionals for individualised treatment of colon cancer based on the latest scientific knowledge. The PaZ (»Pankreaszentrum« or Pancreas Centre), is currently under construction and will treat patients suffering from pancreatic cancer.

In the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, patients requiring an artificial hip or knee joint are operated on within the scope of the »Schnell-Läufer-Programm« (literally the »Fast Walker Programme«), enabling them to soon get about independently in their everyday lives once again. In the incorporated »Wirbelsäulenzentrum« (Spinal Centre), patients suffering from diseases of the spine receive specialised pain and exercise therapy, combined with operative treatment if required.

Important documentation for when you're admitted into hospital

Please help us to process your admission as smoothly as we can in order to enable your treatment to begin as quickly as possible. To facilitate this, we need certain records and documents from you, which we have put together in a check list.

Please bring the following with you when being admitted to hospital:

  • Results of medical tests, X-rays, letters from doctors, etc.
  • If available: anticoagulation ID card, allergy ID card, diet ID card, pacemaker ID card, X-ray record, pregnancy record
  • A list of the medications you take regularly and which you will need for the first few hours of your stay in hospital
  • Documentation which we gave you in advance, such as the patient consent form handed out before operations and the administering of anaesthesia
  • The contact details of your GP or specialist, in case we need to contact them in relation to your follow-up treatment
  • Confirmation of cost coverage from your health insurer
  • A current co-payment exemption, if required

Comfort check list for when you're admitted into hospital

In an unfamiliar environment, some personal items will help you feel more at home. If possible, you should bring these into the hospital with you, because organising things afterwards can sometimes be difficult. Based on our experiences to date, we have put together a check list of items for you:

  • Bathrobe or dressing gown
  • Hand towels, facecloths
  • Wash bag containing everything you need, including toothbrush and toothpaste for real or false teeth, skin and hair care products as well as tissues
  • Slippers, bathing shoes and stronger footwear
  • Aids that you need every day, such as glasses, hearing aid, prostheses, walking frames
  • To pass the time: audio books or reading material, music, puzzles, writing materials, headphones (for television or radio) or anything else you use to help you relax
  • Pocket money as well as money for the phone by your bedside (€10 deposit each for use of the telephone and television), money for topping up your phone card, €2 charge for borrowing headphones
  • Please leave valuable items and larger sums of cash at home

Comfort check list for children being admitted into hospital

For children, being away from home is particularly difficult. This is why, when in hospital, they need personal items which mean something to them and give them emotional support. Have a look at our check list to see what kinds of things younger patients might like to have with them when in hospital:

  • Favourite toy / cuddly toy
  • Blanket
  • Games
  • Colouring book, pens
  • Age-appropriate books or magazines
  • Audio books or music
  • Special food if required
  • Comfortable clothing including a warm pullover or jacket
  • Socks, slippers
  • Toiletry bag for toothbrush, toothpaste and body care products

We want you to feel comfortable as a patient in our hospital. We generally provide rooms with between one and three beds, healthy food and a bedside order service for small, everyday items. For discussions, pastoral guidance and practical help in the period after your discharge, our pastoral care service, voluntary visit service and social workers are all available to you.

Visits to patients are welcome at our hospital. Visiting hours are daily from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. On certain wards (e.g. the intensive care unit), special rules apply.

Important contact details:

Telephone switchboard: +49 30 7882 0

First aid for children: +49 30 7882 2710

First aid for adults: +49 30 7882 2727