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 Clinic for assessment of driving capacity

Contact information

Turku University Hospital (Tyks) Main hospital, building 7
Entrance 7A, 1st floor
Kiinamyllynkatu 4–8, Turku

Responsible persons

Project leader of the Clinic for assessment of driving capacity
Marja Huuskonen

Consultations
The physician of the Clinic for assessment of driving capacity
Phone 02 313 2606
(Wed at 9 AM to 3 PM and Fri at 9 AM to 2 PM)

Nurses at the Clinic for assessment of driving capacity
Phone 02 313 3663 or
02 313 2603
(after 12.30 PM)

Fax

02 313 2749

Email

ajopoli@tyks.fi
(Please note that patient information cannot be sent to this email address) 

Postal address

POB 52, 20521 Turku

Referrals are to be marked:
tyo 95, ajopoli

 Clinic for assessment of driving capacity

  • For Patients
  • General Presentation
  • For Professionals

Center of excellence for traffic medicine

Persons who need assessment of their driving capacity are examined and assessed at our clinic.  For this, a referral by a physician is needed. It is not always necessary for the client to attend personally, and the questions raised in the referral may be answered in writing to the referring physician or the client.

The clinic is open on Wednesdays and Fridays at business hours. An outpatient clinic fee is charged for the visit.

Client visits 

You will receive a letter inviting you to the Clinic with information on the time of your visit, detailed instructions and, possibly, some questions about your previous health. Please reserve 1–2 hours for your first visit to the Clinic, and 3 hours if you are scheduled for a neuropsychological examination.

Take your driving license with you to the Clinic. We will need to check your identity on your arrival.

For further information, please phone the Clinic nurse who is available daily from 2 to 3 PM (14 to 15 hours).

Treatment and examinations

Assessment of driving capacity (in Finnish)

Please also refer to

Epilepsy and driving capacity (Terveyskylä.fi, in Finnish)

The current regulations on driving licenses requires a comprehensive assessment of the person's driving capacity.  This is the rationale for the establishment of the Clinic for assessment of driving capacity which was inaugurated on January 9, 2015 as a part of the Turku University Hospital. The Clinic is needed for the assessment of problematic cases of driving capacity.

The individual responsibility areas of the Hospital examine their patients' driving capacity from the perspective of the illnesses related to the specific responsibility area. But a multiprofessional approach to assessing a person's driving capacity is occasionally needed. The Clinic has a board of specialists who meet regularly.  The specialists come from all specialties needed to handle specific cases, and a traffic medicine specialist is always present.

Decisions are made by the board which has a representative experienced in traffic medicine from each main medical specialty. The expert physician of the board has special competence in the field of traffic medicine, authorized by the Finnish Medical Association.

Assessment of driving capacity within specialized health care

Most health checks for driving licenses are made without any problems by physicians within primary and occupational health care. At the Turku University Hospital specialized health care assessments of the driving capacity of patients are made daily by specialists at the different clinics. Now the hospital can also offer multiprofessional expert consultations to physicians in the hospital district in the field of traffic medicine to solve controversies related to the driving capacity of individuals.

Our most important patient groups are professional drivers, especially those working in road and track traffic, but also in sea traffic. Another important client group are young adults with chronic illnesses who are approaching driving age.

Getting referred for examinations to the Clinic

We provide services to patients who are referred to the Clinic. The referral is made by a physician who has performed the primary examinations at an occupational or health care center. After completion of the specialist examinations in their own field of expertise, the responsibility areas of the Turku University Hospital may refer their patients for assessment by the expert board of the Clinic for assessment of the driving capacity. The Clinic is not responsible for the clients' medical care and makes only decisions regarding the driving capacity of individual patients.

External actors, like the employer or an insurance company, may also refer persons to the Clinic. We do not receive self-paying clients for examinations.

The costs for the examinations of professional drivers are covered by the person's municipality of domicile. Persons living outside the specific catchment area of the Clinic need to have a commitment of expenditure issued by the health care center of the person's municipality of domicile. Commitments of expenditure from the person's employer or insurance company are also accepted.

Commitments of expenditure from the person's employer or insurance company are also accepted.

Self-employed professionals may contact the Clinic directly, although a referral from the treating physician is preferred. We offer our services also to residents outside the specific catchment area of the Clinic, but a commitment of expenditure is needed.

Statements and collaboration

The Center of excellence for traffic medicine operates in the same facilities as the Clinic for occupational medicine and consults whatever specialties are needed.  In consultations related to driving permits, a traffic medicine specialist physician is always consulted.

If needed, we will arrange for specialized examinations.

Patient visits and examinations and resolutions by the board of specialists are recorded in the patient records.

The client will always receive a copy of the statement by the board of specialists, and other statements that may be needed are sent by the University Hospital to the referring party or the patient may be referred back to the referring party. 

The Center of excellence for traffic medicine collaborates with the Institute of occupational health in Turku and Helsinki. We collaborate with the University of Turku in the fields of research and basic education. We always ask for specific permission to use the results of our scientific studies.

We offer consultation services in the field of traffic medicine to health care professionals. Consultation requests may be submitted either in writing or may be entered electronically directly into the patient data system.

The purpose of the service is to support actors within primary and occupational health care in situations where it is difficult to take a clear position in matters of driving permits.

You will find the basic instructions and frequently asked questions on these pages to help you start the assessment of a client in your own office.

Referrals to the Clinic

After basic assessments of the patient the physician may author the referral to the Clinic, following the instructions below. The patient may be instructed to fill in the questionnaire on his/her driving capacity in the web.

Referral instructions (in Finnish)

Referrals for examinations or consultations may be submitted electronically if the referring party is coupled to the Hospital's electronic document exchange system. Consultations are always answered by a specialist physician in traffic medicine.

We use safemail tyopkl@turvaposti.fi
This mail allows data-secure transmission of patient data in the form of electronic files.  You may also send encrypted email to us by using a web form.

Please let us know the password to the safemail by calling or sending a text message (SMS) to the telephone number 050 388 6380.

With the client's approval, documents will be sent to named addressees.

Criteria for referral

  • Cases with problems of a multidisciplinary nature, i.e., problems that cannot be solved by one specialty; if the problem is related to one specialty, refer the patient directly to that specialty, e.g., suspicion of sleep apnea to the Open care department of pulmonary diseases.
  • Assessment of the need for additional examinations.
  • To obtain an expert opinion on the decision made by the referring physician.  This may be done as a consultation based on documents or by addressing the case to the board of specialists.
  • Differences of opinion or controversies regarding driving permits.
  • Clients living in municipalities outside the Hospital District (the Clinic will direct clients either for examinations or for a consultation by the board of specialists).
  • Assessment of the driving capacity of certain authorities.

Types of visits

Regular visit.  Includes a maximum on 60 minutes of physician's work, examinations by a nurse and basic assessments or provision of results by phone or personally at the Clinic.

In-depth visit. Includes at least 90–120 minutes of physician's work, special examinations by a nurse, consultations by 1–2 specialist physicians, referrals for complementary examinations and ordering of documents. If needed, a statement B is written by a physician.

Multiprofessional board of specialists.  Referral to the board, ordering of documents, input by 5–8 physicians (always including a specialist in traffic medicine) + written statement.

Consultation on paper.  Written reply by a specialist in traffic medicine to a question posted by a physician. 

The client's municipality of domicile is invoiced for these visits.

Prices (in Finnish)

Payer

Usually it is the referring party that is the payer. The referring party may be one of the open care clinics of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland, a health care center, an occupational health clinic, a private physician or a resident outside the catchment area of the Clinic.

The costs for examinations of professional drivers are covered by the person's municipality of domicile. Persons living outside the specific catchment area of the Clinic need to have a commitment of expenditure issued by the health care center of the person's municipality of domicile. Commitments of expenditure from the person's employer or insurance company are also accepted.

Commitments of expenditure from the person's employer or insurance company are also accepted.

Päivitetty: 22/12/2017 13:20