Workers are already installing reinforced concrete next to the Paediatric Clinic where a two-storey building is being constructed, with the children’s emergency and accident and emergency department on the ground floor.
Director of the Paediatric Clinic Tamás Szabó said that 33 beds would be built on two floors. On the upper level, there will be a 15-bed paediatric surgical unit with two operating theatre blocks. Downstairs there will be four outpatient clinics, triage sections, an imaging diagnostic centre and an endoscopy laboratory where nerve biopsy will be performed. He added that the new building would be able to offer paediatric surgery and accident and emergency care for children in one unit, in addition to the classic paediatric emergency care.
Head of the National Hospital Directorate, General Zoltán Jenei, highlighted the high quality of the professional work and dedication of the staff at the new centre. Professionalism must be accompanied by an appropriate infrastructure, building and modern patient care equipment, he said.
László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, spoke about the exemplary cooperation between the university and the city and the importance of human development. He said the investment was of special importance.
“The treatment of children is not only an important measure of education and culture but also of medicine and healthcare. Perhaps nothing is more important than health because we cannot enjoy any other aspect of life if we are not in full possession of our health,” he said.
After the speeches, the foundation stone of the 2,441 square metre building was laid. The investment will cost more than HUF 3.2 billion, and the new centre is expected to be completed in October 2023.