Hospitalisatie 18

This ward houses patients who need to undergo surgery on blood vessels or the heart. Patients are also admitted for observation.

To make your stay as smooth as possible, we provide you (and your family) with all the necessary practical information on this page.

Do you have any further questions? Do not hesitate to speak to a nurse or caregiver on the ward.


UZ Leuven gasthuisberg campus
Hospitalisatie 18
Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven

Mail for patients

Would you like to send the patient a card or a letter? Please put the patient's full first name and surname before the address above.

Location and accessibility


Visiting hours

  • Visits are possible every day at set times
    • Weekdays: from 16:00 to 20:00 
    • Weekends: from 14:00 to 20:00
  • Please limit your visits to a maximum of 2 hours. 
  • A maximum of 3 visitors at the same time.
  • In a double room, both patients can receive visitors at the same time.

Good to know:

  • In the recovery room or PAZA (just after surgery), no visits are possible.
  • At the intensive care unit, different visiting hours apply. Check them here. 

Respect the house rules.

  • On the day of admission, a companion may accompany the patient until the first contact with the nurse or doctor. Afterwards, we kindly ask them to leave the ward.
  • Regular short visits are often more appreciated than longer visits. 
  • During patient care or doctor's visits, we kindly ask you to leave the room.
  • We may end or limit the visit if we sense that it is too tiring for the patient.
  • Do not be alarmed by alarm signals in the corridor or room. These are warning signals for the doctor, nurses and healthcare staff.


Urgent help needed?

In case of urgent medical problems:

  • contact your GP
  • call +32 16 33 22 11 (general reception) and ask to be connected to the waiting doctor of the vascular or cardiac surgery department.

In case of medical emergencies:

  • go to the emergency department as soon as possible or call 112

Preparing for your stay

Always bring your eID and contact details of your next of kin and your GP. Read what else you should bring for a smooth admission, what to bring for your child and what to do in case of an occupational accident.
Make a list of all the medicines you take. If possible, bring them to the hospital in their original packaging. It is important for your doctor to be aware of the medicines you are already taking in order to avoid dangerous reactions. During your admission, all necessary medication will be provided for you.
Remember to inform your health insurance provider, hospitalisation insurance provider and your GP as soon as your admission is planned and arranged.
On this ward, you can request a single room. The admissions department will take this into account according to availability. Single rooms are used at most for patients requiring isolation and critically ill patients. Please check in advance with your insurer whether the extra cost of a single room is included in your insurance policy.
On this ward, a relative may stay room in with patients in a single room. A fee per night is charged for this through the hospital bill. You can also use the family residence or a nearby hotel at preferential rates. See options and rates.

During your stay


Wear your identification wristband throughout your hospital stay. If it should come off for any reason, ask your nurse for a new wristband. Check that all the information on the wristband is correct.
On this ward, a relative may stay room in with patients in a single room. A fee per night is charged for this through the hospital bill. You can also use the family residence or a nearby hotel at preferential rates. See options and rates.


During your stay on the ward, you will be encouraged to exercise. This makes for a better recovery and a lower risk of complications, reducing your hospital stay. You can play an active role in your own recovery by using our exercise room, mobility route and day room.
You can borrow free books, comics, DVDs and games from the library. You can also buy newspapers and magazines during the daily newspaper round.
There is a hair salon in the hospital. Ask for an appointment via the nurse a few days in advance. The hairdresser can also visit your room. Hairdressing fees are charged via the hospital bill.
You can receive mail and parcels at the ward. Make sure your full first name and surname are listed at the top of the ward address. Mail to be sent may be given to the nurse with postage paid or you may post it yourself in the mailbox at the hospital entrance.
Patients staying at Gasthuisberg campus can call on a volunteer to accompany them out of the room for a while. This is how we contribute to the wellbeing of our hospitalised patients.

Give your feedback for even better care

  • Every patient admitted to UZ Leuven can fill in the "Vlaamse Patiëntenpeiling" (Flemish Patient Survey). This can be done via the Octopuz screen at the bedside ('Surveys' button) or via mynexuzhealth (you will receive an invitation via mail and/or in the app after admission). By sharing your experiences at the hospital with us via this survey, you help to improve care and services for all patients.


Care team

Extra support - The social worker

Are you worried about your illness, family, work or financial situation? Both you and your family members are welcome to have a confidential conversation with the social worker.

The social worker will work together with you to find solutions, give advice on social services to which you are entitled and will help you with questions about insurance and certificates. If needed, the social worker will refer you to external services.

Ask the nurse or call in person on +32 16 34 86 20.

In need of conversation or a listening ear? Ask for the pastor.

Illness and hospitalisation are often thought-provoking. Do you need a quiet, confidential conversation?

There is a pastor working in the ward who - regardless of your philosophy of life - can lend a listening ear if you are having a difficult time or have life questions.

Ask for a pastor via the nurse.

Medical departments

More info on the medical departments associated with our ward can be found on the department pages below.


Last edit: 7 May 2024