Reduced clinical services
Given the high number of COVID-19 patients and the resultant pressure on hospital and intensive care beds, Charité has reduced clinical services to an ‘emergencies only’ level. Services for emergency patients, cancer patients, and patients with urgent medical or welfare needs remain unaffected.
Important information on Corona
The coronavirus pandemic and its overall management touch on a broad array of issues – also at Charité.
- Which rules currently apply to visitors and accompanying visitors?
- What is important to know for patients?
Please go to our COVID-19 page for information with direct relevance to you.
2G rules apply to visitors and accompanying visitors
At Charité, the 2G rule is in force:
Only vaccinated and recovered individuals will be permitted to visit patients on our wards or accompany patients to our outpatient units and emergency departments.
- An individual shall be considered ‘vaccinated’ if they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination schedule and a minimum of 14 days have elapsed since their last dose.
- An individual shall be considered ‘recovered’ if at least 28 days but no more than 6 months have elapsed since they had COVID-19; or, if more than 6 months have elapsed since they had COVID-19, they have received at least one vaccine dose, which must have been administered at least 14 days earlier.
- Visitors and accompanying visitors will be subject to checks and must be able to produce evidence of vaccinated and/or recovered status in order to be allowed onto hospital grounds.
The following rules remain unchanged:
- Patients may receive one visitor a day for up to one hour.
- Visitors and accompanying visitors must wear FFP2 masks without a valve at all times while inside Charité buildings.
- Individuals with respiratory symptoms are not permitted inside any of our buildings.
Exemptions from the 2G rule:
- For children and adolescents aged 18 and under, proof of a negative test result will be sufficient to gain admittance. Children under 7 and school children who undergo regular testing at school will be exempt from mandatory testing and will only be required to produce their student ID cards.
Children and adolescents attending either an outpatient or emergency department are currently permitted to be accompanied by one person (a parent or guardian). Accompanying visitors must provide proof of a negative test result obtained no more than 24 hours earlier.
- Visitors and accompanying visitors who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons must be able to produce a doctor’s note confirming their medical exemption from vaccination, in addition to providing proof of a negative test result obtained no more than 24 hours earlier.
- Visitors to critically ill patients will be required to provide proof of a negative test result (PCR or rapid antigen test) obtained no more than 24 hours earlier. In specific cases involving visits to intensive and palliative care patients, wards may agree to deviate from this rule. In exceptional cases, the relevant clinical area may decide to conduct a rapid antigen test on site. Officials at the relevant access control point must be notified of this decision. Compliance with all other relevant measures which have been put in place for the protection of patients, visitors and staff must be ensured.
If you are planning to visit a critically ill patient, please bring your ID card or passport, as your details will need to be recorded at the entrance. You will then be issued with a visitor pass and granted admission to the premises. These data need to be collected for the purpose of ensuring the safety of both patients and visitors should an infection develop or be diagnosed at a later stage. All collected data will be erased after a period of 4 weeks.
Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection.
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