Debrecen has a highly developed system of healthcare services. One of Hungary’s most significant institutions of healthcare services is the Clinic of the Medical and Health Science Centre of the University of Debrecen, providing state-of-the-art in and outpatient healthcare services, also relying on its advanced scientific background. In 2007, a new healthcare complex of 13,000 square metres was opened on the campus of the Clinic, which houses the neuro-, vascular and thoracic surgery and the oncology departments. The new complex was implemented in the framework of the “Augusta” programme, from a total budget of HUF 12,120 million, of which HUF 9,000 million was funding from the European Union. It was in this complex that the Cardiovascular and Oncological Complex Regional Health Centre was established, which satisfies the full range of the healthcare demands of the North Great Plain and Northern Hungary regions regarding cardiovascular and oncological diseases. In 2007, the Clinic received the “Hospital of the Year” award in Hungary.
The other important pillar of healthcare services in the city is Kenézy Gyula Hospital and Outpatient Clinic, which is maintained by the county government. In the autumn of 2008, it merged with the Municipal Healthcare Service of Debrecen under the name Municipal Healthcare Holding. The purpose of the merger was to join forces in the interest of creating a municipal healthcare system that provides in- and outpatient care in a locally more concentrated manner and at an even higher quality than before. This is the hospital that currently provides traumatological emergency care, and it is also here that medical helicopters carrying patients in critical condition can land. (Debrecen is the site of one of the countrys medical helicopter bases.)
Kenézy Hospital is also a professional and scientific partner of the Medical and Health Science Centre of the University of Debrecen.
General practitioners, specialists, pharmacies
There are more than 80 general practitioners, more than 40 paediatric practitioners, and nearly 50 dentists offices providing primary care in the city. The number of specialist offices in the city is over 60. Pharmacies, of which there are more than 50, are generally open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (1 p.m. on Saturdays). However, designated pharmacies have longer opening hours: Belvárosi (Inner City) Pharmacy is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., while “Nap” and “Libra” Pharmacies (the latter on the campus of the Clinic) is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Emergency healthcare (on-duty service)
On weekends and holidays, emergency dental care is available at 11 Szent Anna Street between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Phone number: 06/52-416-261) Emergency healthcare for adults is provided by Főnix SOS Zrt. in the building of Internal Medicine Clinic I, located on the campus of the Clinic (98 Nagyerdei Boulevard) (Phone number: 06/52-40-40-40). Emergency paediatric care is available at the above address, in the building of the Paediatric Clinic. (Phone number: 06/52-416-275).
The majority of medical practitioners in Debrecen graduated from the Medical and Health Science Centre of the University of Debrecen and have a high command of foreign languages. In addition, a great number of foreign-born physicians are also employed at the various healthcare institutions of the city who also received their degrees from the University of Debrecen.