Corona measures and breast cancer: what is relevant to you?

Chemotherapy continues as planned

Undoubtedly, you have heard in the news that in all hospitals in our country all non-urgent consultations, examinations and interventions are suspended for an unlimited period of time in anticipation of a possible increase in the number of corona cases. Chemotherapy and all other urgent and necessary consultations, examinations and interventions will continue to take place.

Medical advice by telephone and doctor's certificate by post

All doctors can give medical advice by phone. If a certificate of illness is needed, they can send it to the patient by post. Prescriptions are delivered digitally, directly to the pharmacist. The fee for advice without physical contact is 20 euros. Patients pay nothing. Doctors invoice directly to the health insurance fund via the third party payment scheme. No surcharges or supplements are allowed.

Who is still allowed in hospitals?

Are you hospitalized right now? Currently, visits to all hospitals are forbidden. This prohibition does not apply to:

- volunteers and interns
- parents (or guardians) of minors who are staying in the paediatrics, maternity care or neonatology departments
- immediate families of people in a critical condition
- buddies during necessary consultations, examinations or interventions (maximum of one buddy per patient)

Population screening for breast cancer temporarily postponed

In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus and to ensure that caregivers and hospitals can fully focus on the care of the sick, the Centre for Cancer Research (CvKO) and the Agency for Care and Health of the Flemish Government have decided to cancel all appointments in the Population Screening Breast Cancer until the 26th of April.

If you had an appointment, the CvKO will send notify you of its cancellation by letter. No new appointments will be scheduled until there is more clarity. Did you recently go for a screening? The CvKO does everything in its power  to process your file as soon as possible. Do you have any questions about this? Contact the CvKO by telephone on 0800 60 160.

Please refer to the CvKO's website for the most current information.

Do you have any questions about the coronavirus? Click on the link below, send an e-mail to info-coronavirus@health.fgov.be or call 0800 14 689 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

More info via the FPS Public Health website