The Hospice-Palliative Therapy Unit was opened on the second floor of Gyula Kenézy Hospital’s Internal Medicine Wing, renovated in 2016, with the objective of providing end-of-life palliative care in the region – being the only such provider – to those suffering from malignant tumours who require such care. In harmony with the principles of the international and domestic Hospice community, this means active and comprehensive care for those in the final stages of advanced illness caused by malignant tumours, with the stated aim of relieving the pain as well as physical and mental suffering of patients, seeing to their needs and helping them to preserve their dignity and peace of mind. Palliative care is positive towards life and regards death as a normal process which should neither be hurried nor delayed. Its aim is to safeguard the highest possible quality of life until the moment of death.
The care is provided not only to the patients but also to their families and those close to them, rendering outstanding support to help them bear the burden during the period of the illness and bereavement. By extending care to these patients in the separate hospice-palliative unit, the demands on hospital beds can also be reduced.
The Debrecen Hospice House Foundation undertook a significant role alongside the directors of Kenézy Hospital in the establishment of the unit and in starting its operations, and for this we hereby express our gratitude.
In accordance with the principles of palliative care, a multidisciplinary team provides care at our Unit, comprised of doctors, nurses, a psychologist, a mental hygiene specialist, a pastor, a priest, a dietician, a physio-therapist and a social worker as well as trained volunteers. Care at our Unit is provided for twenty in-patients in five four-bed rooms each equipped with a toilet and bathroom. Other facilities include a community space, a dining area, as well as a separate space where patients are bathed, and a room for worship and meditation. We can also provide changing and bathroom facilities for volunteers helping us in our work and for patients’ families who are visiting (should they wish to spend the night with their relative).