Information on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and its overall management touch on a broad array of issues. We kindly request that patients and visitors consult our information regarding the rules currently in place at Charité.
Please go to our dedicated SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 page or see below for information with direct relevance to you.
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Information for outpatients and inpatients
Given the continued increase in COVID-19 patients being admitted to normal wards and intensive care units, Charité is introducing further measures. Until January 22th, clinical services will be reduced to an ‘emergencies only’ level. This means that only essential treatments will be provided, all elective procedures will be canceled.
Pursuant to the enhanced infection control measures introduced by the Senate of Berlin to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2, Charité implemented a mandatory face coverings rule for all patients and their family members on 27 April 2020. Please consult our information on current rules regarding face coverings in both inpatient and outpatient areas.
Packing for your inpatient stay
Please ensure you are aware of current visitor restrictions and pack accordingly. You will not be permitted to receive visitors and be unable to have personal items dropped off for you. Exceptions will only be made in cases of emergency admission.
Please consult our checklist detailing what you should bring with you into hospital.
Only in exceptional cases will outpatients be permitted to bring an accompanying visitor.
As a rule, patients attending an outpatient appointment must do so unaccompanied. Outpatients will only be permitted to bring one person to their appointment if:
- they require physical assistance,
- they are underage,
- they have undergone an examination/procedure and are not permitted to leave the hospital unaccompanied,
- their language skills are insufficient, and they require an interpreter (which the hospital is unable to provide),
- they are being accompanied by their court-appointed carer (proof required).
Coronavirus: Charité Visitation Ban
Currently, Charité patients are not allowed to receive visitors from 7 January to 31 January.The only exceptions to this rule are children under 16 years of age and the seriously ill. These persons may receive visits, but not from persons with respiratory tract infections.
These measures serve to protect patients and staff.
Please note: Booking visits with registration code will be suspended. Currently existing appointments will be canceled.
FAQs: Further answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus
Information for visitors of children under 16 years and the critically ill.
If you are planning to visit children under 16 years, or critically ill or dying patients, please note the following:
Please bring your identity card or passport. You will need to leave this with the porters, who will record your details. The collection of data is for the purpose of ensuring the safety of patients and visitors should an infection develop or be diagnosed at a later stage.
You will then be issued with a visitor pass and granted admission to the campus. Please return to the Porters’ Lodge after your visit, where your documents will be returned to you. All collected data will be erased after a period of 4 weeks.
Access points to the campuses are:
- For Campus Virchow-Klinikum: Augustenburger Platz/Seestraße.
- For Campus Charité Mitte: Charitéplatz 1 and entrance in the ‘Bettenhochhaus’ Ward Building.
- For Campus Benjamin Franklin: West Entrance (‘Eingang West’), North Entrance (‘Eingang Nord’), Campusklinik Entrance.
Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. All of our clinical care, research and teaching is delivered by physicians and researchers of the highest international standard. Charité proudly lays claim to more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch, and Paul Ehrlich. Charité is internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and training. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin represents a single medical faculty, which serves both Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. Charité extends over four campuses, and has close to 100 different Departments and Institutes, which make up a total of 17 different CharitéCenters. Having marked its 300-year anniversary in 2010, Charité is now one of the largest employers in Berlin, employing 15,500 staff (or 18,700 if including its subsidiaries), and with a total annual turnover of €2.0 billion.
Coronavirus Pandemic: Provisional Information Regarding Planned Events
Please note that information regarding planned events may change at short notice.
In accordance with the "Ordinance on Measures to Contain the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Berlin" many events will be cancelled. Please contact event organizers to find out whether an event will be held in digital format.
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