New psychiatric care unit at the UP Clinical Centre

15 February 2024

The psychiatric and addictology care unit and consultation room of the University of Pécs Clinical Centre Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy was established from a little over half a billion HUF and was handed over on 14 February. The more than 300 square-metre clinical department built on a new floor in the Rehabilitation Centre helps patients with severe, chronic psychiatric illnesses recover and improve their living conditions.

Thirty-four psychiatric care units have been renovated, and three new care units and four new day therapy units linked to psychiatric outpatient care have been built nationwide in the frame of the project, coordinated by the National Directorate General for Hospitals, and implemented in consortium with the Universities of Pécs, Szeged, and Debrecen from a total of HUF 4.724 billion EU funding. As a result, patients requiring psychiatric and addictology care can now receive adequate support, the infrastructure improvements will make work more comfortable for professionals working in the psychiatric care units, and the free training provided during the implementation of the project will further improve the level of professional competence.

The psychiatric and addictology care unit and consultation room of the Clinical Centre Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy will move from Nyár Street to the new part of the Rákóczi Street building. More than 2,500 patients in psychiatric care and around 5,500 patients in psychiatric specialised care per year will be treated in the new care unit, which will be open to patients from any city or village in Baranya County. Six psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, two nurses who specialise in psychiatric care, qualified nurses, and social workers will work in the new unit.

Severe chronic psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and dementia affect hundreds of thousands of people in Hungary. Statistics show that around a quarter of the population suffers from mild, moderate, or severe psychiatric illnesses, which is why it is essential to improve the inequalities in the care network in our country. This project, implemented in the frame of the Széchenyi 2020 programme with the support of the European Union, is a milestone in this respect.




Szabolcs CSORTOS/UnivPécs

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