The construction of the South Buda Central Hospital will start next spring. The super-hospital will be built on a floor space of 223,000 square metres and will provide care for 1.2 million people. With the exception of plastic surgery for people suffering from burns, all healthcare services will be available in the institution.
Róbert J. Bedros, the consultant of PM Viktor Orbán, said that “in this hospital, literally everything will be about the patient: not only about their recovery but also about creating the optimal environment that best serves them.” Moreover, the institution will not serve only the population of the capital. It also receives patients from 5 counties located in Western and Central Hungary and provides non-stop emergency care, writes origo.hu.
The decision was made to have the future hospital be located in South Buda based on the empty space found there ideal for such a complex hospital. In addition, the hospital is being built in a good location in terms of public transport. There are already 20 bus services, but the infrastructure is being further developed.
In terms of the size of the hospital, it is outstanding not only for Budapest and Hungary but also in the world.
With a floor area of 223 thousand square metres and 1,200 beds, it is capable of serving 1.2 million patients at the same time. Creating such a huge building complex takes a lot of time. For example, the Austrian Krankenhaus Nord was being designed for 5 years and was being built for 7 years. Construction of the South Buda Central Hospital (Dél-budai Centrumkórház, BDC) is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed by 2026.
The expected cost of the future hospital is estimated to be HUF 300 billion, which is not outstanding in an international comparison. This amount already includes the purchase of the newest medical tools in addition to construction costs. Instead of building a new hospital, there was an idea to renovate the existing St. Imre Hospital, but there are differences in size and capacity between the two investments. Thus, St. Imre Hospital will be a co-hospital next to the DBC.
Other plans include utilising the thermal water in the area and rebuilding a pre-existing spa and connecting a new spa hotel to it.
The infrastructure development must take into account accessible and frequent public transportation systems so that it is relatively easy to access for the public. In addition, the transport of ambulances should be considered. The infrastructure also includes community, public, pedestrian, and bicycle services. The plans also include adding helipads so that emergency patients can be transported by helicopters too.
The service will also be first-class. There will be many single rooms, which will provide an opportunity for family visits, as several studies have shown more effective recovery in such an environment.
This can increase costs in the short run but could even save money for the hospital in the long run. Fewer days spent in hospital and less medication have their advantages for both the hospital staff and the economy. The investment seeks to make the hospital run on green energy and not use any paper. The hospital will give place for other services, such as shops and a post office. These are both beneficial for the mood and therefore fast recovery of the patients as well as for their relatives. These infrastructural investments further emphasise DBC’s goals of focusing on the family and the patients.