Swiss Paraplegic Centre as cantonal medical center for COVID-19 disease
Yesterday, Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) in Nottwil announced its support to Switzerland’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It becomes one of the four main medical facilities in the Canton of Lucerne to accept and treat patients with COVID-19 disease.
As first step, SPC will convert its sports hall into a medical center for patients with COVID-19 disease. Around 200 beds will be made available within the next two weeks. The new center will then be operated by the Swiss military and civil protection service, separated from the SPC's daily operations.
In addition, up to 100 beds are made available in the SPC’s new acute medical north wing, including an intensive care unit and around 30 ventilation stations, completely available for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 disease.
The SPC is Europe’s largest clinic for acute medicine and the rehabilitation and integration of people with spinal cord injuries. With the new pandemic responsibilities, the SPC has guaranteed its paraplegic patients top-quality care as usual. The health of all patients and staff members remains SPC’s top priority. At the moment, the SPC is no longer accessible to the public, and patient visits are no longer permitted until further notice.
You may find more details about the new COVID-19 measures at SPC here (in German, French and Italian only).