Coronavirus: Our protective measures

Measures to protect our patients and staff during Covid-19 pandemic

Checkpoints

Entrance to the hospital is only possible via designated checkpoints, without any exception. Anyone wishing to enter the hospital, and who is not excluded from doing so by our access restrictions, will be met by trained staff who will take them through the officially recommended screening questionnaire. Hand sanitization is also required at the checkpoints, and is supervised by trained members of staff.

Face masks are mandatory

Both patients and visitors must bring their own FFP-2 mask without ehxalation valve and wear it in all areas of the hospital.

Coronavirus testing before inpatient stays

Before the inpatient stay all patients have to make a PCR test. If the test is negative, you can be admitted as planned for your inpatient stay. If the test is positive, i.e. there is evidence of the virus, we will contact you to discuss what should happen next. If the PCR test has been carried out outside the hospital, the officially valid test certificate must be brought to your admission. The time of sampling must not be more than 72 hours ago before the planned admission time.

Information sheet: “What to do after your PCR test” (PDF)

Please note: We also offer PCR testing as a private service for people WITHOUT symptoms – appointments by phone, available at any time of day or night, including weekends, and results within 24 hours. There is also the option of a rapid antigen test, which gives a result within 30 minutes. Please contact us for more information: Contacts

Additional information on coronavirus testing before check-ups at Confraternität Private Hospital you can find here.

Giving Birth

Expectant mothers who are scheduled for a planned delivery (Cesarean section) do not need a PCR test before their inpatient stay if they are fully immunized (from the 10th day after the second-dose vaccination or from the 22nd day after the first-dose vaccination with Johnson & Johnson) or recovered. For all other expectant mothers, a PCR test will be carried out before their inpatient stay at the hospital. If the PCR test has been carried out outside the hospital, the officially valid test certificate must be brought to your admission. The time of sampling must not be more than 72 hours ago before the planned admission time.

Evidence of coronavirus status for outpatient endoscopy

For outpatient endoscopy appointments (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, rectoscopy) in the Outpatient Endoscopy department, you must provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “3-G rule”).

Video consultations and second opinion

Medical consultations are offered also by means of video conferences – if necessary with an interpreter – also second opinion for various disciplines and for oncological cases.(Contact: international@premiqamed.at).

Current visitor regulations

  • Adult patients are allowed 1 visitor per day for a maximum of 1 hour.
  • Children and young people are allowed 2 visitors per day for a maximum of 1 hour.
  • Expectant mothers may be accompanied by 1 person (maximum) for outpatient examinations (except CTG checks and FetoMed appointments) during pregnancy, and for childbirth.
    After the birth the father or other accompanying adult may remain in the hospital, provided that he/she can show evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “3-G rule”).
    (If required, a rapid antigen test can be carried out in the hospital. Price: €25 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; €35 between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.)
    If he/she leaves the hospital premises, the standard visitor regulations then apply:
    New mothers and babies are allowed 1 visitor per day for a maximum of 1 hour.
  • Patients in a critical condition may be visited by close relatives, by arrangement with the hospital.

Visiting is permitted only in a private room or the designated visitor areas.

Visitors are required:

Please note: For people WITHOUT symptoms we offer a rapid antigen test or a PCR test as a private service.

Inpatients’ companions

For

  • children and young people under the age of 18,
  • vulnerable patients, and
  • women who are about to give birth,

a patient’s companion may be admitted to the hospital together with the patient.

Patients’ companions must provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “3-G rule”) before they can be admitted.

Please note: Tests must be paid for by the person being tested, unless extra charges for the patient’s companion are covered by supplementary insurance.

Outpatients’ companions

We kindly ask patients to come alone to their outpatient appointment.

Companions of a pregnant woman, a child/young person or a vulnerable adult, are required

The “3-G rule”: evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus

According to the regulations issued by the Federal Minister of Health the following forms of evidence of minimal epidemiological risk are equally valid, although the period of validity differs.

  • Test result (“getestet”)
    • Negative result from an antigen test carried out by an approved provider (e.g. testing center, laboratory, pharmacy), using a sample taken within the previous 48 hours
    • Negative result from a PCR test carried out by an approved provider (e.g. testing center, laboratory, pharmacy), using a sample taken within the previous 72 hours
  • Vaccination (“geimpft”)
    Acceptable proof of vaccination is either the yellow “Impfpass” (vaccination certificate), a vaccine passport or a printout of the details from an e-certificate of vaccination.
    • After a first-dose vaccination: from the 22nd day after vaccination until 3 months after vaccination
    • After a second-dose vaccination: until 9 months after the first-dose vaccination
    • Johnson & Johnson (single-shot) vaccine: from the 22nd day after vaccination until 9 months after vaccination
    • Vaccination after confirmed infection: until 9 months after vaccination
  • Recovery (“genesen”)
    • Medical certification of a past infection with SARS-CoV-2, which was confirmed by a PCR test: until 6 months after infection
    • Certification under the Austrian Epidemic Act (Epidemiegesetz) or a quarantine notification (Absonderungsbescheid) issued to an individual who has had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection: until 6 months after infection
    • Evidence of neutralizing antibodies: not more than 3 months old

TIP: For further information see the webpages of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Staff checks

In accordance with the regulations issued by the Federal Minister of Health, our staff is subject to regular coronavirus testing if they have not been vaccinated or recently recovered from infection with the virus. Employees are also obliged to inform their supervisors immediately if anyone amongst their personal contacts is suspected to be ill, is quarantined or unwell, so that the hospital can take the appropriate measures.

Events suspended

Information evenings of the department of Obstetrics will be given as webinars. Information on childbirth is also available by phone. Courses are suspended until further notice.
The Fertility Center offers consultations via telephone or video calling (subject to a charge).

Hotlines and links

1450 – Health advice hotline (only for symptoms such as fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath)

0800 555 621 – Coronavirus Infoline provided by AGES (the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety) – for any general questions on coronavirus

Federal Ministry of Health: Coronavirus (German)
Downloads in English

AGES: Coronavirus

Robert Koch Institute (RKI): Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus
Information in English

ORF.at: Infopoint Coronavirus
Information in English

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