Minister of Health Ingrīda Circene, Chairman of the Board of the RPNC Jānis Buģins, and Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve Guntis Rāvis, jointly buried a time capsule with a message for future generations in the foundations of the new reception block of the Riga Psychiatry and Narcology Centre (RPNC).

Jānis Buģins, Chairman of the Board of the RPNC: “This is a special event as the construction of the last building of the centre was finished half a century ago. We station 9.5 thousand patients here every year and 89% of them are brought in an ambulance. Therefore the new reception is very essential, as at the moment it is located in a 190 year old building.”

The new reception block is designed to be multi-functional. The servicing of patients will be made more discreet by separating the psychiatric and narcological patients, and a united department for diagnostics is to be established. There are also innovations such as beds fitted for temporary patients and the intensive care of those patients that are delivered in a severe mental state, requiring the supervision of medical staff day and night. Also, the intoxication examination department of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances, with the state's only advanced chemical-toxicological reference laboratory, will be transferred to the reception block. The new up-to-date reception block for psychiatric and narcological patients will increase the options for training residential medical staff.