Bridge Hospital will change operating culture too

Construction progressed as planned in 2019 on the Bridge Hospital, the largest construction project in the history of HUS. Alongside the physical construction we are building new patient care processes and a new operating culture. This is to ensure the smooth and efficient running of patient care functions.

We have decided to launch a RAPTOR unit at the new hospital, the first in Europe to do so. A RAPTOR unit is for treating patients with a heavy, life threatening hemorrhage. RAPTOR operations require extensive training, and to this end a model space will be completed at Meilahti at the beginning of 2020 where nursing personnel can practice before the Bridge Hospital is completed. The Bridge Hospital will replace Töölö Hospital and some of the functions of the Department of Oncology.

Construction on the Bridge Hospital will be completed in summer 2022, and the first patients will be admitted in early 2023.

Renovation of Park Hospital begins

The renovation of the Park Hospital, formerly known as the Children’s Hospital, began in April. During 2019, dismantling and refurbishment was carried out at the hospital to eliminate problems with indoor air, and the actual renovation was begun later in the year.

The building requires a thorough and expensive renovation, but the decision was made to retain it for specialist medical care because of its central location.

The Park Hospital renovation is being carried out in two phases. The first phase involves repairs to the old sections of the building completed in 1946 and 1986 and changes to internal arrangements in the section completed in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The functions that will relocate to the building once the renovation is completed include mammary surgery, plastic surgeon, vascular surgery, oral and maxillofacial disorders and clinical physiology.

Project plan for Oak Hospital

The project plan for the forthcoming Oak Hospital, adopted by the HUS Executive Board on May 6, 2019, was completed in 2019. The Oak Hospital will be Finland’s leading center of excellence in ophthalmology. Planning will also allow for accommodating patients for other disciplines.

The current Eye and Ear Hospital is in poor condition, and ophthalmology functions are spread around several temporary premises.

The Oak Hospital will be built between Paciuksenkatu and Zaidankatu, near the Skin and Allergy Hospital and close to the Meilahti campus, between 2021 and 2023.