Press release K2020/149 from

A coronavirus clinic at Leipzig University Hospital (UKL) is once again offering tests for infection with SARS-CoV-2. Originally set up in March, the walk-in test centre was closed in September. In view of the recent rapid rise in infection levels, it has now been reopened in cooperation with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV), in order to support colleagues in private practices. The UKL’s test centre is open on weekdays from 8am until 4pm and Saturdays from 8am until 12 noon.

The walk-in test centre is located in a separate building – the “Haus am Park” – in the park behind the hospital and can be reached via the entrance on Johannisallee. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance. The centre tests people with COVID-19 symptoms, but also those with no symptoms if it is established that they have been in contact with an infected individual (testing ordered by the Health Office) or if the Corona-Warn-App has informed them of possible exposure to someone with the infection. According to new guidelines published by the Robert Koch Institute, important test criteria include whether the person has severe or highly typical symptoms (including changes to their sense of smell or taste) and whether they belong to a high-risk group.

The test centre is also available to carry out tests on healthcare workers (from homes, hospitals and practices) as well as on patients prior to their admission to homes, physical rehabilitation facilities and hospitals. Teachers can also take their regular tests here upon presentation of the necessary authorisation from their employer. 

“We are glad that we have now found a way, together with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, to use our coronavirus test centre as a joint service for the wider population,” said Professor Christoph Josten, Medical Director of the UKL. He added that this could be a useful addition to the work of the main COVID-19 practices. “However, we very much hope that the number of infections will soon decrease again and that we will not need to rely too heavily on these structures.” 

The dental emergency clinic for COVID-19 patients is also open again. Here, patients who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 can be safely treated for toothache and acute dental problems. These appointments are organised by the Saxon Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists (KZVS), which will arrange the next steps in consultation with the dental emergency clinic.