What accommodations are available to accommodate my family? What are the costs? How long may I stay there? Where are they located? How can I get there (by foot, by car)?

Apartments from 1 to 3 rooms (the kitchen is counted as room in Geneva) that are intended for children (with liver disorders or liver transplanted children) and their family are available near the Children’s hospital, within walking distance. We will give you a plan in order to explain to you where they are located. The cost is CHF 30.- for one night, CHF 25.- per night for a stay of two to five nights and CHF 15.- for a longer stay.

Below, you can find the contact details of the association managing the apartments. We will see to reserve you an apartment as soon as we know that your child is transferred to Geneva.


Association pour l’aide à l’enfant greffé et à sa famille (APAEG)

Mme Georgette Genton
Chemin des Pâquerettes 7
1213 Petit-Lancy

Tel. : +41 22 793 69 38

Email : apaeg@buewin.ch

When all apartments are occupied, there is another possibility of accommodation: the Ronald McDonald Houses. These houses offer rooms at the price of CHF 20.- for a studio flat and CHF 15.- for a room per night. They are located quite close to the Children’s Hospital and within walking distance as well.


Contact details:

Maison Ronald Mc Donald

Mme Anita Huber
Avenue de la Roseraie 35
1205 Genève

Tel. : +41 22 382 86 01
Fax : +41 22 382 86 03

E-mail: rmh.geneve@ch.mcd.com

Site : www.ronaldmcdonald-house.ch

Reservations can be made by contacting Ms Genton of APAEG (+41 22 793 69 38), Ms De Haller, transplant secretary (+41 22 382 46 60), or Mr. Marc Vidal, person in charge of the reception of the Paediatric Surgical Ward (+41 22 382 46 84).


May I park my car in front of the paediatric hospital during our stay?

You may park your car in the parking lot in front of the Children’s Hospital (except in the emergency slots) the first and the last day of your stay as long as you renew your parking badge (at the reception).
However, as far as possible, it is warmly recommended to take the train since there is heavy car traffic in Geneva and the parking spaces in front of the Children’s Hospital are not always available.


Do I have to stop working?

Depending on the diagnosis made by the physicians, your child’s stay may be more or less long. It is obvious that in case of a graft you will be much present at the hospital and it is preferable to either ask your employer for unpaid leave or to ask your attending physician for a medical certificate, in case of need. Moreover, when the working conditions do not permit it and one parent or both parents must work, you can ask your family (grandparents, uncles, aunts…) or friends to accompany your child to hospital as far as possible. In addition, we will make a “social evaluation” at the beginning of hospitalisation with the social worker and a referral nurse for children with liver disorders in order to better meet your needs.


Who can look after my other children here while I am at the Children’s Hospital?

When elder brothers or sisters are present at the Hospital and you need to be with your “diseased” child, you can either make your family look after them (grandparents,…), or send them to a day nursery called ”Tom Pouce” located at the Maternity Ward, directly next to the Children’s Hospital. The day nursery is open on weekdays from 8.30 a.m. to 12 o’clock noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and children aged two to four are admitted. On Wednesdays and during school holidays, children aged two to ten are admitted. They are looked after by an early childhood professional and an assistant, supervised by the day nurseries of the HUG.


Is my child eligible for disability insurance (AI)?

Your child’s diagnosis and the contributions to AVS/AI made by the parents will determine whether your child is eligible for AI.


Do parents benefit from meal distribution? Is there a restaurant near the hospital?

The unit does not provide meals for the parents – only for hospitalised children. You may, however, eat at the cafeteria (opening hours: from Monday to Friday: 7.30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Meals from: 11.20 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Weekend and holidays: 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m./10.50 a.m. to 4 p.m.). You can also go to a restaurant. There are several near the hospital.

Another possibility is to go shopping and to eat at the apartment (Coop and Migros shops at 10 minutes from the hospital, rue de Carouge).


May we sleep next to our child?

A cot will be placed at your disposal so that you may sleep next to your child, but only one parent is allowed to spend the night in hospital.


Do you have a map of the city?

In case of need, we can print out a route (Internet) for you to get from one point to another in the city of Geneva.