BVB is converting its stadium into a treatment center
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BVB and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians are taking unusual paths in the fight against Corona: Germany’s largest football stadium is being converted into a treatment center – a measure that seems to make sense for several reasons.
AUnusual locations require extraordinary measures: Germany’s largest pure football stadium is converted into a corona treatment center. The Signal Iduna Park, home of the German runner-up Borussia Dortmund with a capacity of 80,000 spectators, will be misused: From Saturday, suspected coronavirus cases will be treated in the area of the north grandstand, and patients with corresponding complaints will be examined and treated on an outpatient basis. Where football festivals are celebrated in normal times, examinations and initial medical care should be carried out.
“Our stadium is the figurehead of the city, a fixed point for almost everyone in Dortmund and the surrounding area, and its technical, infrastructural and spatial conditions make it the ideal place to actively help people who are potentially infected with the corona virus or who have complaints such as respiratory diseases and complain of fever. It is our duty and our desire to do everything in our power to help these people, ”said Hans-Joachim Watzke and Carsten Cramer, the two managing directors of BVB.
It is planned that the treatment center in the stadium will complement the primary care. The specific advantage of the facility is that the spacious rooms in the north grandstand, where VIP areas are located during Bundesliga matches, can be used to interrupt infection chains, as is currently difficult in many medical practices due to the large number of patients. However, contacts between patients and unnecessary contacts between patients and nursing staff can be avoided in the stadium.
First diagnoses in the treatment center
From Saturday, the severity of the disease will be assessed by the new treatment center and a decision will then be made as to whether patients can continue to be cared for on an outpatient basis or have to be admitted to a clinic. Patients should also receive the necessary prescriptions for their medication and, if applicable, disability certificates.
The outpatient – and not inpatient – new treatment structures in the stadium are aimed exclusively at people who are suspected of having a Covid 19 infection as well as complaints that require treatment. The treatment center is located on the fourth floor of the north grandstand and will be open daily from 12 noon to 4 p.m. In the past few days, the BVB has carried out the corresponding renovation work together with the Statutory Health Insurance Association of Westphalia-Lippe (KVWL).
“Sure, the idea is unusual at first – to come to the stadium for an examination with a fever and respiratory complaints. But in fact we have optimal conditions here. We were therefore very pleased with the offer and help from BVB, ”says Dirk Spelmeyer, the first chairman of the KVWL. The first Dortmund Corona treatment center at the North Clinic was launched around two weeks ago.
“The influx of patients there is immense – after just one week we had treated more than 1,000 patients at the North Clinic. The colleagues there really do an excellent job, but we noticed that we urgently need to expand our capacities, ”explained Volker Schrage and Thomas Müller from the KVWL. The treatment center in the stadium should now provide relief.
The treatment center in the stadium is intended to supplement the existing general medical care in order to also care for coronavirus patients and suspected cases outside of the doctor’s office. The primary point of contact for patients should remain the family doctor.
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