Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - The first Covid-19 patients are treated in a spatially completely separate unit of the Düsseldorf University Clinic, which was built in a few months.
Construction was approved in April and began at the end of July.
The university clinic could in future concentrate the treatment of corona patients "largely in one building and thus better decouple them from the rest of the hospital operations," said the medical director and chairman of the board, Professor Frank Schneider, according to a statement on Monday.
People who are very seriously ill should be admitted there.
So far, the Covid 19 patients have had to be treated in several places on the premises of the university clinic.
There are now more reserves of intensive care beds - also with ventilation options.
43 people can be treated in the new building.
There are 25 intensive and 18 so-called intermediate care beds - a kind of preliminary stage to the intensive care places.
At the start on Monday, 23 people were treated in the new building, as a university hospital spokesman said.
A total of 59 corona patients are currently in the clinic, who do not all need intensive treatment.
According to the announcement, the clinic now has the “most modern intensive care unit in Europe”.
The country had financed the construction with Corona emergency aid.
NRW Science Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (independent) said that the university clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia were "at the forefront" in dealing with the corona crisis.
In Düsseldorf, with the state funds, “outstanding achievements were made” within six months.
Communication from the UKD