Akershus University Hospital – best for common complaints
When the Norwegian Storting (parliament) gave the go ahead to start building the new Akershus University Hospital in the national budget for 2004, the intention was that it would cater for patients from the north-eastern suburbs of Grorud, Stovner and Alna. Norway has invested NOK 8 billion in a new, modern hospital three-four kilometres outside the Oslo city limits. Akershus University Hospital can deal with all the usual complaints on streamlined, user-friendly premises. There was never any intention that people living close to the hospital should not have access to these first class services because they live on the other side of an invisible city boundary.
Responsibility for the inhabitants of Grorud and Stovner was transferred to Akershus University Hospital in 2004. Patients living in Alna were transferred from 2011, together with patients from the six municipalities in the neighbouring Follo district. The Minister of Health approved this decision in November 2008.
What is changing is the populations sectors for which the various hospitals are responsible. Money and personnel are being redistributed in order to meet these responsibilities. The same number of patients will have the same hospital services in the Oslo area both before and after the reshuffle.
Oslo has around 20 % of the population in the health region, but over 40 % of the hospital doctors. The region around the capital is also very well supplied with doctors compared with the rest of Norway. They will continue to provide services for the same population. From 2011, some doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel will be doing so from a different hospital a few kilometres away from where they are now.
We have a national responsibility to ensure that the overall number of doctors and nurses in the capital area does not rise as a result of the changes being made. The staff increase at Akershus University Hospital will be balanced by a corresponding reduction in the number of staff at Oslo University Hospital.