National specialised medical care

As part of the national specialised medical care assignments, Skåne University Hospital meets criteria to provide the best possible care.
National specialised medical care means that a certain type of highly specialised healthcare is centralised to one or two hospitals in the country, in order to achieve higher quality and better use of resources. It is healthcare for rare diseases that demand highly competent staff of specialists, and sometimes advanced medical equipment. Skåne University Hospital has been assigned five national specialised medical care areas by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.

Advanced paediatric surgery

Skåne University Hospital is one of two hospitals in Sweden that provide national specialised medical care in certain types of advanced paediatric surgery. The current assignment is in three areas of congenital anomalies in children: diaphragmatic hernia, anomalies of the oesophagus and anorectal and urogenital malformations. Skåne University Hospital conducts extensive research on surgical procedures, diagnostics and the quality of life for children born with anomalies. The research is often carried out in close collaboration with patients and their families.

Paediatric heart surgery

Skåne University Hospital houses one of two national centres for paediatric heart surgery in Sweden. Around 350 children and adolescents from across the country undergo surgery here every year. More than half of these the patients are less than one year old. Some of the foremost experts on paediatric cardiac surgery in the Nordic region work here, with access to specially adapted intensive care and surgical resources.

In addition to the national specialised medical care assignment, the centre for paediatric heart surgery has an agreement with Iceland to treat all Icelandic cases of children with congenital heart defects.

Cardiac surgery on grown-ups with congenital heart defects

Skåne University Hospital’s extensive knowledge and experience in the GUCH (grown-ups with congenital heart defects) area is nationally recognised. We have high echocardiographic skills, high-quality MRI diagnostics and are a centre for catheter-borne interventions.

Since 2008, Skåne University Hospital has the assignment and authorisation to conduct cardiac surgery in the GUCH area, within the national specialised medical care framework.

Heart transplants

Skåne University Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Sweden that perform heart transplants within the national specialised medical care framework. The first operation in Lund was done in 1988. Today, around 30 heart transplants are performed at Skåne University Hospital every year. The survival rate for adult patients undergoing heart transplants here is 92 percent after one year, 82 percent after five years and 71 percent after ten years.

Lung transplants

Skåne University Hospital is one of only two hospitals in Sweden that perform lung transplants within the national specialised medical care framework. Around 20 lung transplants are performed here every year. The first operation in Sweden was done in Lund in 1990.
Since then we have operated over 300 patients, who have received either one or two lungs here.

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