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Psychological support

Serious physical illnesses represent an exceptional situation for every patient, which brings about life changes, causes stress and can thus have an effect on the psychological balance. When a heart or lung operation is necessary - whether it is a conventional heart operation, a transplant or mechanical circulatory support - this triggers additional emotional stress. Scientific studies have shown that patients in this situation experience a significantly better healing process if they have psychological support.

Therefore, we routinely conduct preparatory and diagnostic discussions with patients prior to major operations such as heart and/or lung transplantation or artificial heart implantation. We also accompany them after the operation during their inpatient stay at the DHZB.

Every patient and also every relative of a patient - the illness is often stressful for the relatives as well - can take advantage of the offer of psychological care. During the interviews, fears and depressions in connection with the illness or a delayed course of recovery are often discussed. We also support patients in preparing for an operation, rehabilitation measure or the return to everyday life.

If you would like psychological support, please contact your attending physicians or nursing staff on the ward during your inpatient stay. Longer outpatient treatments are also possible via our specialist practice for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy at the Medical Care Centre (MVZ) in the DHZB. We would like to invite the parents of our youngest patients on the children's ward to contact the responsible ward psychologist directly for supporting and relieving discussions.

Tasks of the department

  • Psychological, neurocognitive and psychosocial diagnostics in the initial evaluation of patients intended for heart, lung or heart-lung transplantation and/or artificial heart implantation
  • The psychological care of patients in the run-up to an operation (waiting period) and in the immediate postoperative inpatient course; if necessary, lifelong outpatient follow-up care
    Psychological support for children and their parents
  • Arrangement of inpatient and/or psychiatric treatment; restructuring of the living environment in cooperation with the social service (e.g. integration into assisted housing projects)
  • Consiliary work in the Paulinenkrankenhaus and the Charité
  • In-house training and further training events for the nursing staff of individual wards