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Information on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Dear patients and visitors,

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.

Charité’s clinical services will continue to operate at a severely reduced level. This is due to continued pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic – particularly by the number of COVID-19 patients, which remains high. Services for emergency patients, cancer patients and patients with urgent medical or welfare needs remain unaffected.

Coronavirus: What to do if you are worried you may have an infection

Are you worried you may have contracted the virus?

  • Our FAQs will provide you with information on SARS-CoV-2 testing, dedicated test centers in Berlin and our coronavirus video consultation service.
  • Information on the coronavirus and advice regarding actions you should be taking are also available via the CovApp.

Coronavirus: Information for outpatients and inpatients

No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité
No visits without FFP2 masks © Charité

Charité’s clinical services will continue to operate at a severely reduced level. This is due to continued pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic – particularly by the number of COVID-19 patients, which remains high. Services for emergency patients, cancer patients and patients with urgent medical or welfare needs remain unaffected.

 

FFP2 masks compulsory

In line with the tighter rules on mask use issued by the Senate of Berlin, Charité has amended its rules for visitors and patients. The wearing of surgical masks will no longer be permitted. 

  • FFP2 masks will be compulsory for all visitors wishing to visit family members in hospital.
  • All patients must wear an FFP2 mask when leaving their rooms and while others are present in their (single or shared) rooms.

Please consult our information on current rules regarding face coverings in both inpatient and outpatient areas.

 

Accompanying visitors in outpatient areas

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).

 

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.

     

Coronavirus: Visiting Ban

Visiting ban © Charité
Visiting ban © Charité

Charité’s strict ban on visitors remains in place.

Inpatients are currently not permitted to receive visitors – either inside or outside of Charité buildings.

Exemptions for valid reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis for parents of younger inpatients (< 16 years) and family members of critically ill patients. All exemptions must be approved in writing. Exemptions agreed by telephone will not be accepted.

Pregnant women and new mothers may be accompanied by one person only.

Furthermore, outpatient departments will no longer permit accompanying visitors. Only patients (including frail patients) who require assistance are exempt and may be accompanied by one carer/family member.

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 critically ill patients

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. All collected data will be erased after a period of 4 weeks.

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.

Access points to the campuses are:

  • CBF, Campus Benjamin Franklin: West Entrance (‘Eingang West’), North Entrance (‘Eingang Nord’), Campusklinik Entrance
  • CCM, Campus Charité Mitte: Charitéplatz 1 and entrance in the ‘Bettenhochhaus’ Ward Building
  • CVK, Campus Virchow-Klinikum: Augustenburger Platz/Seestraße

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Postal address:
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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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