Oslo University Hospital
|Founded||1 January 2009|
|Parent||Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority|
|Subsidiaries||Aker University Hospital
Norwegian Radium Hospital
Ullevål University Hospital
The Oslo University Hospital (Norwegian: Oslo universitetssykehus HF) is the largest hospital in Scandinavia, with a work force of around 25,000. It was established on 1 January 2009, by the merger of three of the university hospitals in Oslo: Rikshospitalet (The National Hospital) (founded in 1826, and also including the former Radiumhospitalet), Ullevål University Hospital (founded 1887), and Aker University Hospital (founded 1895). It is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oslo (founded in 1811). Bjørn Erikstein has been CEO since 2011.
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 17.5 billion. Oslo University Hospital is an emergency hospital for East and Southern Norway and has national emergency cover. The hospital is furthermore responsible for ambulance services, the 113 emergency calls service (equivalent to 112, 999 or 911), air ambulance and patient transportation in Oslo and the County of Akershus. Oslo University Hospital is a significant rôle player within the education of a large variety of health care personnel.
More than 50 per cent of the total medical research in Norwegian medical centres is performed at Oslo University Hospital. This is the result of the hospital’s general research strategy and its extensive international and national network cooperation.
In this way, the medical centre complies with the requirements of its staff and patients relating to its role as national reference hospital, responsible for introducing and developing new medical examination methods, treatment methods and follow-ups. Research that supports prioritised areas of commitment will also safeguard the operation and development of national and multi-regional assignments, as well as the functions of the medical resource centres.