Highly Wanted: The first child and adolescent psychiatry clinic in the North Upper Palatinate is coming to Weiden

pastures. If children and young people from the North Upper Palatinate need an inpatient clinic due to mental illness, they must travel to Regensburg with their parents. Big burden. That will change from 2025. It wasn’t just the coronavirus lockdown that showed many children and young adults with mental health problems.

Immediately after the previous Augustiner Symposium, an inpatient clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry was built for around 33.6 million euros. The operator is Medbo (the medical facilities of the Upper Palatinate).

2800 square feet newly built

Where the seminar students used to play football, construction has been going on since August 2021. The foundation has already been built, followed by four floors of approximately 2,800 square metres. The following facilities are located there:

  • Inpatient clinic for children and young adults in a total of three wards 32 bedsIncluding 8 families of addicted youth
  • Day clinic for children and youth 18 places (Currently there are 12 new places for toddlers and preschoolers)
  • Outpatient Clinic, Institute of Psychiatry
  • School for the sick for children and youth

20% of children suffer from mental stress

These additional places are badly needed. Seven percent of young people worldwide suffer from mental illness, and 20 percent of children and teens experience mental stress, he says. Dr. Christian Rexroth, chief medical officer of the Weiden Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The most common symptoms are anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and self-destructive behavior. This has not only been the case since the Corona pandemic. But the lockdown and homeschooling have had dire consequences, especially for families with low incomes or with immigrant backgrounds: Seven out of 10 children say they suffer from mental stress. “They are afraid of the future, and many fears,” Rexroth says.

The numbers show that there is a need in Weiden. 2019 alone was 1200 small patients In the day clinic and outpatient clinic of the Psychiatric Institute.

From 34 to 100 employees

If a child or young person has psychological problems so severe that they must be treated in a hospital, the next point of contact is now Regensburg. This is the driving time an hour or more north of Upper Palatinate. Too much burden for children and parents, who want to visit children every day if possible – for poor families who do not have a car, this is almost impossible.

All this will change from 2025. Until now we have been working at Weiden 34 employees In the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, there will be in the new building 100 is being.

  • Costs: Total cost approx 33.6 million. However, this amount is not guaranteed in view of the construction costs, as confirms the head of the district council Franz Loeffler. Be sure: round 22 million euros Captured by Free State. The district of Oberpfalz bears the costs of the school for patients of more than 3.6 million euros. Medbo almost wears 8 million euros Through the use of own funds.
  • Building: 2780 square feet on 4 floors. The building will be 62 meters long, 32 meters wide and 17 meters high.

Shorter waiting times

Dr. Dr. Helmut Hausner, president of Medbo, points out how important mental health is to the community. District Chief Franz Loeffler He was pleased that Medbo has six successful sites (Amberg, Cham, Parsberg, Regensburg, Weiden and Wöllershof) for mental and neurological health in the Upper Palatinate. Vice-Chairman of the District Council and Deputy Mayor of Weiden Lothar the High He was sure that with the additional show in Weiden, the waiting times for people from the North Upper Palatinate would improve as well. Architect Stefan Berwirth (Architects Dewan Frydenberger) noted structural features such as two bright inner courtyards, natural materials and walkways as playgrounds. Because the room is also part of the treatment.

Contact these affected and concerned employees

Senior Physician in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Dr. Stephanie Ken He cited the important work with a quote from Pippi Longstocking, who responded to the sentence “Pippi, the storm is getting stronger!”: “Never mind, me too.”

Kiene emphasized to OberpfalzECHO that child and adolescent psychiatry is indeed looking out for interested personnel from all fields (from medicine to occupational therapy) and also to interested patients. Contact: Sebastianstraße 27, tel. 0961/39167-0, info@medbo.de.

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