About the hospital

St. Andrew’s Rheumatology Hospital as a healthcare providing institution

The hospital’s buildings are based on the Festetics family’s bath estate. The family of earls rented the estate to Vencel Reischl in 1905, who was bound by the lease to employ a permanent doctor on the estate. That is how dr Vilmos Schulhof was employed, a doctor at the Lukács bath in Budapest, specialised in balneology. He founded the Zander and Röntgen Institution in 1911 to meet his time’s locomotor demands. A gymnastic and electrotherapeutic laboratory and an x-ray diagnostic equipment were operated in the institution. Upon realising the significance of diagnostics, he invited his brother, dr. Ödön Schulhof form Budapest to work as a radiologist and physiotherapy doctor in the institution as well as running laboratory diagnosis tests. The Schulhof brothers and dr. Károly Moll laid down the foundations for a systematic and conscious development that placed the medicinal factors of the source lake in the real service of Hungarian healthcare..

The Hévíz State Thermal Hospital was founded on 1 January, 1952 by the Ministry of Health, the first director of which was Béla Dobrossy.. The hospital carried out the treatment of people with locomotor diseases, occupational hazards, strains, breaks as well as the post treatment of prostheses implanted by spinal locomotor surgery. Bath masters and therapeutic masseurs were also beginning to be trained at the time. The lake spa of Hévíz also moved under the hospital’s management.

Another famous doctor of the time working at the hospital was dr. Károly Moll senior, who invented traction bath which gained nationwide recognition in 1953. The government deemed Hévíz a medicinal place of national significance and introduce a new act on the town’s development. From 1956 on there were internal medical, surgical, ophthalmologic, laryngological and orthopaedic surgeries had been taking place in the hospital. .

The hospital, i.e. the handler of the thermal lake of Hévíz, the thermal mud and the water, is a natural treasure that serves as one of the most important instruments of effective treatment of a number of diseases and disorders. The institution has been carrying out the medical rehabilitation of locomotor diseases with special regards to rheumatism as a rehabilitating and later as a specialised hospital since its foundation.

Services covered by the hospital:

  • Inpatient care - regional area coverage, especially Zala county - 39 (National Health Treasury- funded) active rheumatology beds,
  • 225 – national areas of coverage - (National Health Treasury- funded) chronic predominantly rheumatology rehabilitation beds
  • 18 partly pay-beds (class "B")
  • 109 pay-beds for inpatients (Hotel Spa Hévíz)
  • Outpatient care (predominantly regional)
    • rheumatology treatment
    • chronic motor rehabilitation and rheumatology rehabilitation treatment
    • borderline cases and treatment of patients with accompanying disorders (internal medicine, gynaecology, dermatology, urology, neurology, ophthalmology and dentistry)
    • regional treatment equipped to treat metabolism and joint diseases as well as osteo-densitometry diagnoses
    • Complex laboratory and x-ray diagnosis system. (CT, MR, special laboratory tests in Zalaegerszeg and Szeged)
    • Thermal Lake service
    • Human healthcare
    • Research and education

The hospital is open all year round