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Coronavirus: City establishes diagnostic centre in Bad Godesberg

In order to relieve the burden on doctors and hospitals in private practice in connection with coronavirus infections, the city of Bonn is setting up a diagnostic centre in Bad Godesberg. It will start operations on Saturday, 14 March 2020.

The Health Department of the City of Bonn is realising the diagnostic centre with the support of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, the Bonn hospitals, the German Red Cross (DRK) and the Malteser Hilfsdienst. The vacant office building in Gotenstraße 7-9 is currently being renovated for this purpose.

In the diagnostic centre, people suspected of being infected with the corona virus are examined. Assignment is made exclusively by the resident doctors, the rescue service or hospitals via the public health department after prior appointment by telephone. This is intended to relieve the burden on the resident doctors, the municipal emergency medical services, the emergency medical system, the fire brigade and hospitals. The diagnostic centre will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the day, seven people are employed there.

The road traffic authority of the city of Bonn has set up an appropriate stopping zone in front of the building. This allows patients to drive to the hospital individually by car. If necessary - for example for people with symptoms - a patient transport ambulance can also be used.

The city administration has already informed residents about the diagnostic centre in a letter to the public. The city expressly points out to the neighbours that, according to the current state of knowledge, there are no particular risks for them, as they will not have direct and prolonged contact with the patients for more than 15 minutes.

The city of Bonn cannot say at this time how long the operation of the diagnostic centre at Gotenstraße 7-9 will continue.

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