``We were impressed by the human kindness of the staff``



``I have made more progress here within a few weeks than I have done in the many months before``


The COVID-19 virus leads to an acute infection. The main symptoms of this infection are cough, fever, loss of smell and taste, and other symptoms familiar to flu-like infections.

More and more scientific studies confirm the clinical realization that infection with the coronavirus can lead to various neurological concomitant symptoms and secondary diseases. Symptoms include motor and cognitive disorders, nerve and muscle pain, olfactory and gustatory disorders, and respiratory and cardiovascular problems. One speaks of a Long COVID syndrome when, after the infection has been overcome, additional symptoms occur after a certain period of time that is attributed to the infection. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, fatigue and exhaustion are common.

Often, the secondary symptoms are a combination of various limitations, regardless of the severity of the course of the previous COVID-19 disease. The clinical picture of Long COVID is, therefore, very diverse and can be chronic, lasting for many months. High-quality neurological follow-up of those affected is, therefore, very important.

The term Post-COVID is used for symptoms lasting longer than twelve weeks after the acute illness.

My name is Archimandrit Dionysios. I was born in Trikala and am living in Switzerland now.

During my stay in Greece, I was infected with COVID-19. I survived a pneumothorax and two septic shocks during my two months in an intensive care unit there. Since the Greek doctors could not guarantee that I would survive with the resources available in Greece, considering the critical state of my health, I was flown to Berlin with the German foreign repatriation service.

Since I have Swiss health insurance, they first tried to find a hospital in Switzerland. But, as it was an emergency and my survival was at stake, taking the first clinic with sufficient intensive care resources and a free bed was necessary. From the moment the decision was made to fly me to Germany, we have been in contact with Dr. Maximilian Schenck and Dr. Olga Neumann from Kliniken Schmieder. They helped us find the right clinic in Germany and then come to the Kliniken Schmieder in Allensbach for the third rehabilitation phase.

From the first day at Kliniken Schmieder, we were impressed by the human kindness of the staff and their great interest in making my inpatient stay as good as possible. We were met with an overwhelming amount of human warmth and cooperation. The staff of the International Office helped us from the first minute, especially Ms. Kaemper and Ms. Hillard. They cared for us wholeheartedly in every matter, from the first moment to the last. They did more than we would ever have expected. We are absolutely amazed. The senior physician Dr. Olga Neumann immediately welcomed me upon our arrival, examined me, and encouraged me that I would still make a lot of progress. Since then, she was always available for medical guidance, advice, and support.

In my view, what distinguishes Kliniken Schmieder are the human qualities and the sensitivity of the doctors as well as of the therapists, the nurses, and the administrative staff. You feel like you are in a well-coordinated and harmonious family that has made it its task to serve, help, stimulate, encourage, and support the patients. We very much appreciated the competence of the doctors, who took the time to listen to our concerns, answered questions at any time, and educated us on everything. I want to mention here, especially also Prof. Dr. J. Liepert. I had absolute confidence in the medical skills of the doctors. The therapists were also very competent, friendly, and professional.

Thanks to the inpatient treatment in Allensbach, I have made more progress within a few weeks than in the many months before. We must also thank Kliniken Schmieder, especially the doctors, for approving further therapy in Switzerland based on their medical reports. I would recommend Kliniken Schmieder to anyone at any time. Their inpatient treatment is so supportive, and their approach to rehabilitation really works.