Doctors in Brussels can now prescribe museum visits for patients affected by Covid stress and deteriorating mental health.

The project is part of a three-month trial by the Belgian capital to rebuild mental health and relieve stress caused by the pandemic.

Patients treated at Brugmann hospital in the Belgian capital are offered free visits to five public museums, the Guardian reports. Results of the pilot will be published next year.

The museums include the Grand Place, Fashion and Lace Museum, the Sewer museum, Contemporary Art Centre and Manneken-Pis' Wardrobe. These five are publicly funded museums, and the hope is for private museums and collectors to join the project in future, said alderman Delphine Houba.

She said: "It has been shown that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical."