RehaNova Hospital Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Department of Neurorehabilitation

Axel Rieker

Prof. Dr. med.

Axel Rieker

Specialized in: neurosurgery

As RehaNova has its emphases on neurological early rehabilitation it is optimally prepared for the medical care of severely sick patients, which may potentially require intensive care medicine. For this purpose an in-house intensive care unit equipped with 19 intensive care beds and also 9 respiration units with complete neuromonitoring is available. Through close co-operation with the dialysis centre of the Cologne-Merheim State Hospitals medical care can even be provided for dialysis patients.

The so called “protected” or “secured” area is a ward with neuropsychological emphasis and its intention is to admit disorientated patients at risk of wandering off. During the early rehabilitation phase neurological patients with severe memory disorders (amnesia) or speech disorders (aphasia) in connection with disorientation, lack of acceptation of the disease, being at risk of wandering off or showing signs of personality- and behavioural changes (e.g. aggressive outbursts, intense unrest, obtrusive behaviour) usually require a safeguarded, specialized and suitable therapy-environment to treat this symptomatology.

Patients who show signs of being infected with MRSA and other multiresistant germs will be admitted to the isolation ward. In recent years the number of patients worldwide who are infected with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-germs considerably increased. This is why the clinic decided to convert a conveniently located peripheral ward into a special isolation ward; the conversion was implemented in 2003 – just a few years after the opening of our clinic. Here the patients are accommodated in separate single wet rooms. When entering the room the gown will be changed and face mask, head cover and also gloves will be put on. The gowns remain in the room and are disposed of in special laundry bags.


About hospital

The RehaNova clinic is a neurological / neurosurgical rehabilitation clinic fitted with 132 beds. The proximity to an acute care hospital provides high medical secureness and our location – east of Cologne – ensures medical care close to people’s domiciles and also a rehabilitation of short distances.

The clinic specializes in rehabilitation of patients with:

  • Strokes
  • Brain and head injury after accidents or surgeries
  • Neuroimmunological brain diseases like multiple sclerosis
  • Diseases of the peripheral nervous system and the muscular system
  • Movement disorders like Parkinson's disease or dystonias (spasms and malpositions)
  • Neuropsychiatric diseases

The following medical specialists in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine And General Medicine; additional qualifications are held in Neurological Intensive Care Medicine, Palliative Care and Rehabilitation.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.