CERN welcomes around 9,000 people every year and this centre will be better placed to help them when urgent medical treatment is required. The centre will serve CERN staff and those who live nearby. Every day there are typically 4 to 5 emergency cases in the region.
With this new centre the response time will be reduced to around 3 minutes compared to about 10 minutes currently.
The running costs of this new centre will be shared between CERN and HUG and the medical costs will be covered by patients’ insurance.
“This collaboration allows us to consolidate the link that unites CERN to Switzerland and the canton of Geneva and to contribute together to local development, two things that we are constantly preoccupied with” said Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN. “I am very happy to see this partnership with HUG, which reinforces safety at CERN and the region.”