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Dr. Rose Private Hospital’s report regarding the Coronavirus policies of the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service

Dr. Rose Private Hospital finds the following sections from the policy of the NPHMOS crucial for our patients:

In the statement the NPHMOS defined the basic care of patients suspected COVID-19. According to this statement the patient is suspected COVID-19 if they suffer from an acute respiratory catarrh (> 38 C° fever, coughing, shortness of breath) and in addition to these symptoms, the patient meets one of the following criteria:

If you detect the aforesaid symptoms and either visited the infected countries or was in close contact with somebody who visited the infected countries, please stay home and call your general practitioner. Following a detailed questioning the doctor will decide if he/she will examine you at your home or send you to the hospital with an ambulance.

The suspected COVID-19 infected patient has to wear a surgical mask while transferred to the hospital, must not use public transport, only use his/her car and if the patient needs and ambulance, patient has to tell that he/she visited a COVID-19 infected country or he/she is suspected COVID-19 infected patient.

In Budapest the South-Pest St. László Hospital Centre’s Department of Infectology performs the COVID-19 suspected or symptomatic patients’ examination and the infection confirmation or exclusion. Quick test for COVID-19 is not available, laboratory test is the only option. Screenings won’t be performed on asymptomatic patients! The new suspected COVID-19 patients’ infection can be confirmed or ruled out only at the South-Pest St. László Hospital Centre’s Department of Infectology.

The NPHMOS suggests 2-week home quarantine or home-office (if possible) for people who came back from infected countries. Employees can take the 2 weeks off or the company can confirm the absence, because the social security does not cover the sick pay in this case.

The usual personal hygiene rules of airborne diseases should be followed to prevent the infection ( e.g. washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes, objects disinfection) and flu-shot (avoiding the disease with similar symptoms and weakening of the immune system) might help as well. Postponing planned vacations to the infected countries is recommended.

According to the aforesaid information Dr. Rose Private Hospital cannot and must not perform examinations regarding the confirmation or exclusion of the COVID-19 infection in patients. For the protection of our patients and employees we will comply with the policies given by the NPHMOS. Our Call Center will question thoroughly anybody who has respiratory catarrh to rule out the possible COVID-19 infected patients. As of 19th March 2020, our Hospital accepts patients only by appointment. You can book an appointment by calling our Call Centre at: +36 1 377 6737. During the patient care we are closely monitoring hygiene and disinfection. 

The Coronavirus

At the end of 2019 a new Coronavirus, the SARS-CoV-2 was discovered in Wuhan, China. The virus has not been previously identified in human and animals are natural sources of this virus. This virus causes mild respiratory catarrh and in the most cases patients experience mild symptoms, however in 20 % of the cases it can cause severe symptoms, such as fever higher than 38 C°, dry coughing in the early stages and breathing difficulties. Rarely more serious cases develop pneumonia that can lead to death (2%) among elderly people and people with chronic diseases.

New Coronavirus spreads from person to person directly via infected saliva droplets. This means close contact (close contact within 2 m for at least 15 minutes) during the time when the infected person has mild symptoms and the infected salvia droplets from a cough or sneeze get on the other person’s nose, mouth or in the person’s lungs. The infected salvia droplets can get into a healthy person’s system indirectly, if a person touches his nose, mouth or eyes after he touched an object which contains fresh infected salvia or secrection. The Coronavirus only survives on surfaces and packages for short period of time, because it is sensitive to desiccation, UV light, ambient temperature and cooking.

The disease’s incubation period (elapsed time between the infection and the first symptom): 2-14 days.

The usual personal hygiene rules of airborne diseases should be followed to prevent the infection (e.g. washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes, objects disinfection) and flu-shot (avoiding the disease with similar symptoms and weakening of the immune system) might help as well. Postponing planned vacations to the infected countries is recommended.

The international and national health authorities do everything in their power to reduce or stop the spread of the disease. Dr. Rose Private Hospital follows the new national and international infectiology reports about the COVID-19 and shall inform their patients’ accordingly.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!