Rapid Coronavirus Testing Coming Soon, Says Monaco Hospital Director

Benoîte de Sevelinges head of Princess Grace Hospital Center CHPG

Photo: Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace Facebook

Benoîte de Sevelinges, head of Princess Grace Hospital Center (CHPG), has released a statement regarding the unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis facing Monaco’s hospital.

In a press release, the 38-year-old director states that several weeks ago, CHPG, with the support of the government, launched “the white plan,” creating a Covid-19 crisis unit and setting up a committee of experts to implement medical strategies and advise management.

She described hospital protocol to treat all patients suspected of having coronavirus: they arrive at CHPG emergency and are then moved to imaging (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI…) before being admitted to a conventional hospital unit, then critical care and reanimation. In some cases, patients will be treated at other private Monegasque health facilities, such as IM2S or the Cardiothoracic Center of Monaco.

The expert committee is made up of CHPG doctors and professors and their experience in clinical research “constitute an incomparable asset for the Principality.”

“Their networks also make it possible to be fully informed about what can be, or has been achieved elsewhere in Europe and in the world, and thus to be reactive to adapt according to the evolution of knowledge on this new disease,” said de Sevelinges.

“CHPG will be able to start rapid tests, as soon as we have obtained medical validation from the competent health authorities in France and in Europe,” explains de Sevelinges. Until then, the most urgent samples are analyzed in France, at the Nice University Hospital.

Benoité de Sevelinges is adamant that the hospital remains open for business to receive patients in need of urgent care, and that the recently implemented teleconsultation device has allowed initial diagnosis and medical follow-up, by only moving patients when a clinical examination or an exploration is necessary.

The statement included a heartfelt acknowledgement of her teams—hospital nursing, medical, worker, and administrative—“who have each contributed, in their own way to reinvent the organization of the hospital. They have also shown tremendous ingenuity, to provide the safest care under the best conditions.”

De Sevelinges points out that mental health and supportive care teams have put in place a system for not just patients and their families, but aslo for staff, “who will be severely tested” during the intense weeks to come.

There was a word of thanks to “the population for their messages of support, their applause and other drum rolls that touch and encourage us every day” as well as the “individuals and businesses who spontaneously united around us, by helping us with financial donations, and other donations like hydro-alcoholic solutions, masks, when we needed it most, pizza deliveries, pissaladière, cheese and charcuterie platters, pastries, fresh fruit juices—all little pleasures that we share together.”