On 4 January 1988 the first patient was admitted. The university status of the hospital means that extensive research and education is carried out. Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, serves as a basic hospital for Aarhus City, and regional hospital for Aarhus County and the west-Danish regions, and as a national hospital for specific diseases.
At its opening, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, was one of the most modern and well equipped hospitals in Europe. The hospital consists of 15 different 2-floor buildings with complete basement. Since 2001 there are 142,500 square metres under roof. Research facilities use approximately 4,000 of these square metres.
Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, has eight medical specialities: Infectious disease, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery, Nephrology, Urology, Pediatrics, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and peripheral vascular diseases.
These clinical specialities are supported and assisted by clinical Biochemistry, Radiology, clinical Physiology & Nuclear medicine, clinical Immunology, Anaesthesiology and clinical Microbiology. Related specialities are located in the same building, e.g. Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Urology and Nephrology. The hospital houses the Institute of Clinical Medicine (http://www.ki.au.dk), a significant and modern research facility which contributes heavily to scientific biomedical publications within the University of Aarhus.
The patient buildings consist typically of 5 sections: the ward and outpatient-clinic, investigation and treatment section, offices and secretariats. The hospital recently upgraded its catheter lab with a remote magnetic navigation system called the Niobe, manufactured by Stereotaxis, positioning the hospital as one of the worlds most advanced providers of interventional cardiology services.