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Experts for infectious and pulmonary diseases, respiratory and intensive care medicine

Info for visitors

Changed visiting regulations as of 07.03.2022 - Tested persons are allowed to visit or accompany patients

As of Monday, March 7, all inpatients will be allowed to be visited by one person for one hour once a day.

Children and adolescents up to 18 years of age as well as seriously ill patients are allowed to be visited without any restrictions.

Patients in outpatient and day-care areas and in the central emergency rooms are also allowed to be accompanied by a person again.

The condition in each case is that visitors and accompanying persons present a rapid antigen test updated on the day of the visit.

The new regulation means in detail:

  • Only persons who have tested negative by means of a rapid antigen test may visit or accompany patients - this also applies to those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered. The test result must be no more than 24 hours old. Proof of testing also applies to children of elementary school age and older, as well as adolescents - a student ID card is not sufficient proof. Symptom-free children under 6 years of age do not need to present a test.
  • Proof of test results must be presented at the controls at the entrances to the clinic premises together with an identity card or passport. A visitor's pass or wristband will then be issued, authorizing access to the Charité premises. Anyone found without a visitor's pass or wristband must leave the Charité premises immediately.

In addition, the following general rules continue to apply:

  • Mask obligation and distance: visitors and accompanying persons must always wear an FFP2 mask without a valve and, if possible, maintain a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from other persons - even outside buildings.
  • Persons with symptoms of a respiratory tract infection are generally not permitted to enter the Charité.



Charité-Doctors with x-ray, Copyright: Charité

The Department of Internal Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rare and complex infectious and pulmonary diseases as well as in respiratory and intensive care medicine. The Department of Internal Medicine specializes in the field of infectious diseases and pneumology of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


The clinic is a certified center for infectious diseases. Doctors at the clinic are experts in multidrug-resistant pathogens, pneumonia, tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS, infectious diseases of travelers, and many other diseases caused by bacteria or viruses.

PNEUMOLOGY (pulmonology)

Patients with lung diseases can get advice and treatment in the clinic. This is particularly specialized in obstructive pulmonary diseases such as Asthma or COPD, restrictive lung diseases such as Pulmonary fibrosis, diseases of the pulmonary vessels such as Pulmonary hypertension, autoimmune diseases of the lung and bronchial carcinomas.

The lung tumor clinic of the clinic is part of the Charité lung cancer center certified by the German Cancer Society (DKG).


For patients requiring ventilation or weaning, there is a certified Weaning Center. It consists of an interdisciplinary intensive care unit, two respiratory stations and the Charité Center for Out-patient Ventilation and Oxygen Therapy (CABS).

The interdisciplinary intensive care unit is also specialized in severe infectious diseases, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and extracorporeal lung replacement procedures.

Advice and training for medical colleagues

For medical colleagues, the clinic offers a telephone consultation on infectious diseases and anti-infective therapies as well as further training on pneumological issues and the responsible use of antibiotics (antibiotic stewardship).


Scientist at the microscope © Department of Infectiology and Pulmonology / Charité

The clinic's scientists are doing intensive research to develop innovative therapies for the future. Scientific focus is on the study of pneumonia and immune defense in lung infections.