Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel Bielefeld


Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel Bielefeld

Since its foundation in 1867, the goal of the v. Bodelschwingh's Foundation Bethel was to facilitate the lives of people with an epilepsy. With 955 beds and seats in various facilities, services, counseling centers and hospitals and more than 25 years of experience in epilepsy surgery, v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel provides the best prerequisite for a successful epilepsy treatment. In addition to epilepsy, other focal areas are services and supports for people with disabilities and workshops for disabled people.

The v. Bodelschwingh's Foundation Bethel has a Europe-wide leading position in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with epilepsy. The epilepsy treatment is provided in two centers: Bethel (Bielefeld) and Berlin-Brandenburg. Both centers offer all available diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities. Every year, more than 10,000 people from all over Europe come to the epilepsy center Bethel or to Berlin-Brandenburg for advice, treatment or surgery. A further focus is care for affected young people. The professional training center Bethel is the only institution in Germany with comprehensive support associated with professional education of people with epilepsy.

The v. Bodelschwingh's Foundation Bethel combines the latest scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art technology with the highest medical expertise (for example, Chief Physician of Epilepsy Therapy, Prof. Dr. Christian Bien, is listed among top-physicians by FOCUS 2017) to provide the best possible epilepsy treatment.


Patients rooms

The Epilepsy Center Bethel offers the following age-specific accommodation options.

Adults are offered single and double rooms with bathroom, TV and telephone. Tea-kitchen and recreation rooms are also available. There are electronic seizure detection devices on the bed.

Young adults are offered single and double rooms with shared station kitchen, dining room, living room, recreation room and terrace. There is also an electronic seizure detection device on the bed and diverse leisure opportunities.

Rooms in the pediatric epileptology are under video-surveillance. In 6 rooms, there is also the possibility of video- surveillance for diagnostic purposes. Children are accommodated in double rooms. There is a wet cell in 2 rooms. For children up to 12 years, there is a station with 18 beds available, which has a day room and a playroom.


v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel offers a pastoral care for patients, regardless of their religious affiliation or denomination. In addition, church services, celebrations of communion and blessings, which take place partly in rooms, are also offered.

Accompanying person

In general, the admittance of parents is also possible. Parents can stay in the patient room (“rooming in”) or in a separate building during the hospital stay of their child. In addition, the care team at the Epilepsy Center Bethel can help with the provision of private accommodation or hotels in Bethel or the surrounding area.

About the city

Bielefeld is a large city in North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of more than 333,000 inhabitants, which is famous for its university and the medical center of the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel. The most famous monument and landmark of the city is the Sparrenburg, one of the most popular German places of interest. There are numerous churches in the inner city and outside, the most famous are probably Old Town St. Nicholas Church, Newtown St Mary's Church, Süsterkirche, etc. Numerous historical civil buildings are located in the very heart of Old Town of Bielefeld – on the Old Market. These include the famous theater on the Old Market and the rebuilt Old Town Hall.

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