UCCH Network: Current information on the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we are currently experiencing a particularly high number of inquiries from our oncological patients. Can I continue my therapy? Should I even leave the house? Is my healing process at risk? We would like to reassure you - our network partners and we in the UKE together are still well equipped to make your therapy possible.
The UCCH network consists of almost 20 practices and more than 20 clinics in the Hamburg metropolitan region - a strong network that has been recognized as a top oncological center by the German Cancer Aid for more than 10 years. In our daily work, we are in close contact with all our colleagues - we would therefore like to assure you: In principle, your cancer therapies can be noticed.
In all clinics and practices, precautions have been taken to minimize risks. The professional associations exchange information on an ongoing basis and adapt recommendations for cancer treatment. These are communicated by us in the UCCH network - your doctor will inform you about them.
You yourself can do a lot to prevent the virus from spreading and to protect yourself from infection. Please observe the hygiene rules (see infektionsschutz.de ):
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
- Avoid direct contact with fellow human beings as much as possible, keep a distance of 2 meters from your fellow human beings.
- Place yourself in voluntary isolation and stay away from crowds.
- Have at least 2 meters distance from other people when coughing or sneezing and turn away.
- Sneeze or cough into a disposable handkerchief. Use it only once and then dispose of it in a trash can with a lid.
- If no handkerchief is handy, you should keep the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and also turn away from other people.
- And always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing!
If you show signs of illness such as coughing, sneezing or fever and you fear that you have been infected with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 disease): It is essential that you contact your attending oncologist by telephone before you come to the practice or clinic.
We would also ask you to observe the current regulations for accompanying persons in the respective practices or clinics. These can usually be found online on the homepages. In principle, escorts should be reduced to a necessary minimum.
If you have any further questions, we would like to provide you with the following links:
We wish you all the best!
Information on COVID-19 vaccinations
In the new vaccination regulation of February 8, 2021, various points have been changed with regard to the consideration of cancers Questions and answers about the coronavirus vaccination regulation - Federal Ministry of Health.
Patient:s with cancer requiring treatment, regardless of age, are entitled to vaccination in the second wave of vaccination. This also applies to cancer patients up to five years after the disease. Even if the cancer occurred more than five years ago, priority vaccination is available in the third wave of vaccination. In addition, up to two dependents of cancer sufferers in need of care who are not in a facility are also eligible for vaccination.
A prerequisite for vaccination prioritization is the presentation of a medical certificate. This should be prepared after an individual consultation with the attending physicians. Please ask your attending physician about this. They can also give you an assessment in connection with the vaccination and your individual cancer disease. However, the individual recommendation for vaccination also depends on the respective therapy and therefore requires a personal consultation with the treating cancer specialist.
In principle, you can receive the vaccination in the vaccination centers responsible for your place of residence or in your (specialist) practices. Currently, inpatients can be vaccinated in the UKE, this depends on the physician's decision.