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.

Region Skåne has been allocated fourteen areas within national specialised medical care, previously called national healthcare. All areas are conducted at Skåne University Hospital.

National specialised medical care is publicly funded care provided in no more than five units in the country, and where only a few providers in the country can meet the requirements for competence and availability. It involves the care of rare conditions that require highly skilled staff and sometimes advanced equipment.

The aim of national specialised medical care is to make the care more efficient and improve the quality of care with focused efforts in fewer hospitals.

It is the National Board of Health and Welfare that investigates and decides which care should have a status of national specialised medical care. The regions can then apply for authorisation to provide care. The National Committee for Specialised Medical Care then decides which hospitals will receive the mandate.

Nation specialised medical care at Skåne University Hospital


  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Endometriosis
  • Cardiac surgery in children and adolescents
  • Cardiac surgery in adults with congenital heart defects
  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Mesh surgery for prolapse
  • Primary rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries
  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment of primary sclerosing cholangitis )PSC)
  • Certain types of surgery for penile cancer
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
  • Some care for neuroendocrine tumours of the abdomen (NET) and advanced adrenal tumours
  • Some care for head and neck paraganglioma
  • Neuromuscular diseases

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