Thoraxoperation. Foto: Roger Lundholm

National Specialised Medical Care

National Specialised Medical Care is the name for certain health care that is provided by one or a couple of county councils/regions, but that takes patients from the whole country. This is care for rare diseases that demand highly competent, specialist staff, and sometimes advanced equipment.

The purpose of National Specialised Medical Care is for the care to become more effective and to improve its quality by concentrating it to one or a couple of hospitals.

The National Board of Health and Welfare investigates what care is to be classed as National Specialised Health Care and to what county councils it is to be allocated. The Committee for National Specialised Medical Care then makes the final decision.

Region Skåne has been allocated four National Specialised Medical Care areas. All four are found at Skåne University Hospital.

Paediatric Heart Surgery

Skåne University Hospital in Lund houses a national centre for paediatric heart surgery which provides National Specialised Medical Care. Around 350 children and adolescents from across the country undergo surgery here every year. More than half the patients are less than a year old.

Paediatric Surgery Clinic

Heart Surgery on Adults with Congenital Heart Diseases

Heart surgery on adults with congenital heart diseases was one of the first areas to be classed as National Specialised Medical Care.

Skåne University Hospital in Lund, the Clinic for Thoracic Surgery, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, provides National Specialised Medical Care in this area. They perform around 40 operations on adults with congenital heart diseases every year.

Heart Transplants

Skåne University Hospital in Lund, the Clinic for Thoracic Surgery, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, performs heart transplants within the National Specialised Medical Care framework.

Around 30 heart transplants are performed at Skåne University Hospital every year.

Lung Transplants

Skåne University Hospital in Lund, the clinic for thoracic surgery, anaesthesia and intensive care, performs lung transplants within the National Specialised Medical Care framework. Around 20 lung transplants are performed here every year.

Heart and Lung Transplants at Skåne University Hospital

Follow-Up

The National Board of Health and Welfare follows up on how National Specialised Medical Care is run every year, and licenses normally last for five years. Thereafter, they are tried again, and all county councils have the opportunity to apply for a new license.

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