The Hospital District
The Hospital District of Southwest Finland is a public joint municipal authority, that produces specialised health care services in its hospitals:
- Turku University Hospitals (Tyks) in Turku, Salo, Loimaa and Uusikaupunki
- Halikko Hospital
- Turunmaa Hospital
- Uusikaupunki Psychiatric Hospital.
There are approximately 30 Tykslab laboratory units, and patients can decide themself where to go for sampling. There are psychiatric outpatient wards and other units in 8 different localities.
The hospital district offers extensive
specialised health care services to the residents of the region. Additionally, the
district is responsible for the availability of university hospital level
services in the hospital districts of Satakunta and Vaasa, which are part of
the Tyks expert responsibility area.
Patients who require demanding specialised health care are admitted to the district's hospitals from all around Finland.
The district consists of 28 member municipalities with a total of over 470 000 residents. The district is a public organisation, which means that patients only pay a small part of their service fees. The majority of the costs is covered by the tax revenue paid by the patients' home municipalities and collected from their residents.
Almost 200 000 people use the services of the hospital district a year.
Patients requiring urgent care are admitted to hospital treatment immediately via emergency rooms. Other patients are admitted to examinations and treatment by a doctor's referral.
The hospitals and other units of the hospital district admit patients from health centres, occupational health services, private practitioners, the wards of the hospital district, and patients referred by the government or insurance companies.
The hospitals of the district are also used for education, internship and scientific research.