Psychiatric Hospital

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Activities center | Admission | Advice and supportl | Art at the Hospital | Cash machine | Cash office | Discharge | Fitness | Hairdresser | “Le Bistro” | Mobile telephone | Pets | Post officeProhibited substances | Religious services | Telephone booths | Temporary releaseTPG cards | Visits

Hôpital de PsychiatrieThe Belle-Idée site brings together most of the general and specialized hospital psychiatric units.
It also has a day hospital, consultation facilities for autistic patients, a community geriatric unit and a sleep laboratory.

Chemin du Petit-Bel-Air 2
CH-1225 Chêne-Bourg
Tél. +41 (0)22 305 41 11
Website of Psychiatry Department

Bus n° 31, 34, 1  (depending on timetable), alight at "Petit Bel-Air", "Belle-Idée Centre", « Belle-Idée-Réception »
Bus n° 9 and 38, alight at "Petit Bel-Air"
Info, timetables and trip planner

During the week (7 am to 5 pm): the first hour is free, then paid.
At weekends, on public holidays and on weekdays after 5 pm: the first three hours are free

Monday to Sunday, open 24 hours

Monday to Sunday, 8 am - 8 pm. 
In order to be able to carry out treatments in the best possible way, we recommend that the public comes to the hospital from 10 am onwards.

Monday to Sunday : 9 am - 5 pm

There are several smokers’ shelters in the grounds

Activities centre
The Nicolas Bouvier Activities Centre is in the Abraham Joly room, opposite the management centre. It offers a variety of activities: audio library, media library (press and comics), a video library, a travel library, games room and Internet access. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 5 pm. 022 305 55 67

Swiss and Genevan law allows for three types of admission:

  • routine admission
  • placement for purposes of assistance on the orders of a doctor
  • hospitalization demanded by a civil or criminal court order.

Whatever the grounds of your admission, you will be examined on arrival by a nurse from the L’ Aubier admissions office. A doctor will assess your needs and propose a suitable treatment package.
In the event of placement for purposes of assistance or by order of a court, the doctor will inform you of avenues of appeal and give you a copy of the applicable legal text. L’ Aubier admissions office (24 hours a day, 7 days a week
022 305 43 33.

Advice and support
During stay in hospital, you are entitled to ask for support from a representative of an organization or a person recognized in this capacity by the Department of Employment, Social Affairs, and Health.

Art at the Hospital
The Cabinet des Curiosités, in the Abraham Joly room, is a place of reflection, research and recreation (display of art works, reference books and projection of films). It is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 5 pm. For more information, visit or call 022 305 41 44

Cash machine
A BCGE cash machine is available on-site.

Cash office
The office handles deposits and withdrawals in Swiss francs. It is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 12 noon and 1.30 to 4.30 pm. Reception handles deposits and withdrawals of foreign currency and valuables (keys, cards, jewellery etc.) on a 24-hour basis.


  • Routine admission :
    Your hospitalization ends whenever you request it. If your treating doctor  thinks the timing of your decision is not right, he will inform you of the risks you face.
  • Placement for purposes of assistance on the orders of a doctor :
    Your treating doctor decides when to discharge you, based on an assessment  of your state of health. However, you can ask your doctor to be discharged at any time. The doctor must reply within 24 hours to a request from you, your next of kin or the person authorized to decide on your healthcare on your behalf.
    If the doctor refuses, you have the right to appeal. This appeal is sent immediately to the Court of protection for adults and children for a decision
  • Hospitalization demanded by court order :
    In this case, any decision about discharge lies with the authority that ordered your placement.

A well-lit multigym with ample space is open daily. You are welcome to visit it, accompanied by a member of the healthcare staff, after you have drawn up a training programme with the healthcare team. There is also a keep fit trail if you prefer to exercise out of doors.

Next to L’Etang Restaurant, a hairdressing salon is available by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Opening hours are 9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 5 pm. There is a charge for hairdressing. 022 305 42 09

“Le Bistro”
Located in the Abraham Joly building, Le Bistro is a place to meet and chat frequented by patients, healthcare staff, visitors, artists and teachers. From Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm, you can try drinks, fresh fruit juices and home-made pastries. For more information and a programme, call 022 305 55 67

Mobile telephone
Please ask the care team in your unit for more information. The use of mobile telephones should not interfere with care, nor disturb other patients. It remains limited to communications. It is prohibited to take photos or make recordings.

Pets are permitted outside the hospital units. They are not allowed to enter the care units.

Post office
This is in the management centre opposite the car park paypoint. You can hand your letters to your care team, post them in the letter box near Le Salève building, or take them straight to the post office.

Prohibited substances
Cannabis, other illegal substances and alcohol are all prohibited in the units and on site. HUG will not tolerate these substances and reserves the right to report anyone contravening this prohibition to the police.

Religious services
The ecumenical chapel is located in the Léman building. Mass is held from Wednesday to Saturday at 11.30 am and divine ceremonies on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9.30 am. Mass is also held every Sunday at Trois-Chêne Hospital.

Telephone booths
Telephone booths are at your disposal in each unit and at the restaurant. Telephone cards are on sale exclusively at Reception and they can be used only for the phones of the Psychiatric Hospital.
You can receive calls from your loved ones via these booths between 8 am and 8 pm or at the nurses’ office.

Temporary release
If yours is an involuntary admission to hospital, your doctor may grant you temporary release as part of your treatment programme.

TPG cards
On sale at Reception.

jardin - Hôpital de Psychiatrie
Depending on your state of heath, your next of kin may agree special visiting hours with your care team. Relatives may visit any day between 8 am and 8 pm. In order to be able to carry out treatments in the best possible way, we recommend that the public comes to the hospital from 10 am onwards.


Last update : 02/06/2022