Semmelweis Medical Group providing health care services at the 17th FINA World Championships
The well-known Semmelweis Medical Group will provide all health-related assistance, medical supervision and care for all accredited participants of the 17th FINA World Championships, as well as around the fan zones at the official venues. All accredited participants – athletes, team staff, officials, FINA Family and guests – will be provided with 24-hour medical and emergency care on top of their already existing life and accident insurance.
The complex service includes a 24-hour paramedic-level service in all accredited hotels, a non-stop Call Centre, as well as designated ambulance routes. Primary (at the venues and fan zones) as well as secondary (hospital/clinical) treatment locations and facilities are all being organised and set up to the highest international standards, in accordance with both the requirements of FINA and the Hungarian national laws.
Besides the services, the company is responsible for providing all relevant equipment and medications. An exceptionally high number of professionals will work hard to ensure the well-being of all participants this summer: doctors, specialists, nurses, assistants, physiotherapists and students of the Semmelweis Medical Group and University, as well as contracted specialists, highly-trained ambulance officials and water rescue teams – more than a thousand people altogether - will be on duty this summer in Hungary.
Apart from the relevant hospitals of the Semmelweis University, Semmelweis Medical Group also cooperates with the Uzsoki Hospital in Budapest in the event of traumatological cases, as well as with the Ferenc Csolnoky Veszprém County Hospital, which is the institution providing all medical services related to the open water swimming competitions in Balatonfüred.
All FINA and governmental requirements are met and fulfilled in providing and ensuring an accident-free, safe environment for the 17th FINA World Championships. Besides the non-stop medical supervision and stand-by at the training and competition venues, official hotels and fan zones, emergency and rescue cases will covered dealt with by the National Ambulance Services, the Water Rescue Services and the Central Emergency Facility of the Semmelweis University.
The medical team taking care of the well-being of the entire 17th FINA World Championships is led by Dr Béla Merkely, professor of cardiology and vice-dean for Clinical Affairs at the Semmelweis University of Budapest. Prof. Merkely has vast experience in coordinating the medical background of international sports events; he also serves as chief medical officer for the Hungarian Swimming Associations.