Dear Patients and Visitors,
Across the world, countries are registering infections with the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. These infections are also referred to as COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).
Every winter, viruses such as influenza or the norovirus regularly lead to a sharp increase in the number of infections. This is always a major challenge for healthcare providers and especially for hospitals because the sick and freshly operated are particularly susceptible to infection. For our work at the HDZ NRW, this means that COVID-19 is basically no different, except that we must prepare for an even greater number of infections.
The most important goal of all hospitals faced with single of multiple cases of COVID-19 is to continue to treat all patients competently and appropriately. In order to achieve this goal, we need your support.
We urgently request you to adhere to the following guidelines:
The best way to protect your next of kin from infection during a stay in our hospital is to restrict your visits to a minimum and to come alone. From June 20, the visitor regulations shown here apply
- Keep yourself and those around you healthy!
The virus is spread through the air via droplets, but also via the hands through direct or indirect contact with surfaces. It enters the body via the mucous membranes in the mouth, nose and eyes.
- Keep your distance from others (>2m) and ensure that nobody can cough or sneeze close to you
- If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into a disposable tissue, your elbow or directly onto the floor
- Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands
- Wash or disinfect your hands as often as possible and necessary
- Make a point of not shaking hands or hugging when you meet somebody
- Make fresh air your friend! Air all rooms regularly and spend as much time as possible outdoors, where you also do not need to wear a face mask.
If you are healthy and would like to help us and any infected patients, you have the possibility to donate blood in one of our facilities. As the number of infections increases, not only will the number of potential blood donors decrease, but also the demand for blood products will probably increase. More information is available on Tel. 0800 4440777 or at www.blutspendedienst-owl.de.
The NRW Ministry for Labor, Health and Welfare has set up an information hotline for Corona-related questions (Tel. 0211/8554774). You can reach the NRW service center Monday-Friday between 8.00 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Thank you for your support!
Prof. Dr. Jan Gummert
Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen