Oslo University Hospital is a highly specialised hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments and the provision of high quality services for the citizens of Oslo. The hospital also has a nationwide responsibility for a number of national and multi-regional assignments and has several national centres of competence.
We carry out advanced patient treatment, research and trial treatments, give advice and provide education on international levels. The hospital is Scandinavia’s largest and we each year carry out more than 1.2 million patient treatments. Oslo University Hospital is responsible for approximately 50 percent of all medical and healthcare research conducted at Norwegian hospitals and is a significant role player within the education of a large variety of health care personnel. We are an emergency hospital for East and Southern Norway and have national emergency assignments. The hospital is furthermore responsible for ambulance services, the 113 emergency calls service (equivalent to 911), air ambulance and patient transportation in Oslo and the County of Akershus.
Oslo University Hospital consists of eight medical divisions in addition to the central unit Oslo Hospital Services, which provides non-medical services to the rest of the hospital. The hospital has a total budget of NOK 17 billion. More than 20,000 employees are engaged with activities at more than 40 different locations. The hospital is owned by the South-Eastern Regional Health Authority and consists of the former health trusts of Aker University Hospital, Rikshospitalet University Hospital and Ullevål University Hospital.
Merging the former health trusts of Aker University Hospital, Rikshospitalet University Hospital and Ullevål University Hospital to the new trust of Oslo University Hospital, has brought together professional environments from each unit, thus providing patients with services which are even better adapted to their needs.
The hospital has had a joint management since January 2010. We are now working to offer patients unified geographic services. The local hospital activities will in due time be assembled in Ullevål hospital, while most of the regional and national assignments will be brought together in Rikshospitalet within existing and new buildings. The number of patients in the hospital’s catchment area is to be reduced by approximately 170,000 in 2011. These patients will be served by Akershus University Hospital and the new health trust Vestre Viken. The next natural step for us is to bring our services together in joint premises.
The way we have decided to organise our hospital is based on good patient care pathways. Oslo University Hospital is to provide comprehensive and coherent patient treatment services to every patient all the way from theirhome to the hospital and back again. The aim of our new hospital is to create a well functioning and efficient local hospital, to strengthen highly specialised medicine, conduct research and provide education and innovation on international levels which together makes the hospital attractive for patients as well as professionals.