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Information on Coronavirus

Balgrist University Hospital is currently offering all its medical services in compliance with the protective and hygiene measures recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and Swissnoso. Please note the updated regulations.

Covid certificate obligation

An official Swiss Covid certificate is required for all visitors who have reached the age of 16, as well as for persons accompanying patients. School-age children and all other persons within the clinic are required to wear masks.

3G certificate requirement (vaccinated, recovered or tested) applies to:

  • Inpatients: Please present your appointment sheet and certificate at the main entrance. There is also a testing opportunity on your surgery admission day.
  • All visitors to the hospital including persons accompanying patients: Please show your certificate and an official ID at the main entrance.
  • Participants in group therapies require a certificate and must show this together with an ID.

2G certificate obligation (vaccinated or recovered) applies to:

  • Visitors to the fitness center (sports medicine).
  • Visitors to the patient cafeteria "Balgrist Café".

2G "Plus" (vaccinated, recovered and tested) applies to:

  • Visitors to the therapy pool (see current regulations).

Currently there is no certificate requirement for:

  • Outpatients and patients with individual prescription for medical training therapy of Balgrist University Hospital and Balgrist Tec AG (medical supply store).
  • Emergency patients.
  • External persons such as suppliers, craftsmen, external meeting participants (consultants or similar) without patient contact.

Rapid antigen test for symptomatic inpatients

Newly admitted inpatients with symptoms of Covid 19 disease will be tested for Corona virus using SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid testing* as ordered by a physician. If positive, these patients will be isolated in a single room.

Individuals who can present a Covid certificate (vaccinated, recovered or tested) will not be tested.

Regulations for patients and visitors

Rules for visiting and staying in hospital

To ensure the safety of our patients, Covid certification (3G) is mandatory for all inpatients and visitors 16 years and older.

  • All visitors to the hospital, including school-age children, wear a surgical mask (available at reception) throughout their stay. 
  • Patients also wear a surgical mask when they leave their bed or room and when staff or visitors enter the room.
  • Two visitors are allowed per patient. 
  • No more than two visitors may be in a multi-bed room at any one time.
  • The duration of the visit should not exceed one hour per day.

Mandatory use of face masks and hand disinfection

Mandatory use of face masks and hand disinfection
Like everyone else at Balgrist, patients and visitors are obliged to wear a surgical mask and observe the well-known protective measures both in the hospital building itself and everywhere within the hospital grounds. Please disinfect your hands before entering the hospital and wear a mask (available at the main entrance). Cloth masks are not permitted.

Instructions “Hand disinfection / How to wear a mask” (in German)

Hygiene and distancing rules

  • Do not shake hands
    In view of the current situation, all members of staff, patients, and visitors are instructed not to shake hands.
  • Social distancing
    Avoid direct contact with other people and maintain a distance of 1.5 meters whenever possible. Avoid group activities.
  • Hand hygiene
    Disinfect your hands at the main entrance before entering the hospital. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Dispose of used items correctly
    Discard used masks and paper tissues in a closed trash can whenever there is one available and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.