Landspítali

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Landspítali
Landsspitali logo, 2017.png
Geography
Location Hringbraut 101, Reykjavík
Organisation
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type General
Affiliated university University of Iceland
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 612
Helipad Yes
History
Founded the 20th of December 1930
Links
Website www.landspitali.is/tungumal/english/ (in English)
www.landspitali.is (in Icelandic)

The National University Hospital of Iceland (Icelandic: Landspítali) offers a wide range of clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards, clinical laboratories and other divisions. Landspítalinn also operates the psychiatric hospital Kleppur.

History[edit]

Landspítalinn began operations on the 20th of December 1930. Ideas for a hospital that served the whole country was not new; in 1863 Jón Hjaltalín, the then Director of Health, proposed a bill that would establish such a hospital, but the bill was not voted on.

During the period from 1863 - 1930 several hospitals operated in Reykjavík. The founding of Landspítali was the product of a long, hard struggle in which women were at the forefront and have ever since played a huge role in the country's hospitalmatters.[1]

Approximately 70% of Icelandic children are born in the hospital.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ágrip af sögu Landspítalans 1930 - 1998". Landspítalinn. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ ""What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing". CBS News. August 15, 2017. "Babies with Down syndrome are still being born in Iceland," said Hulda Hjartardottir, head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Landspitali University Hospital, where around 70 percent of Icelandic children are born. 

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Coordinates: 64°08′18″N 21°55′38″W / 64.13833°N 21.92722°W / 64.13833; -21.92722