One of the world smallest main hospitals

The Faroe Islands. The world’s most appealing destination.
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Archipelago with 18 islands covering 1399 km2.Highest mountain = 882 m. Population Feb 2014: 48’308 – 20’000 live in the metropolitan area of the capital Tórshavn. Self governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. 2 minutes tourism movie here.

Read about the history here; the Irish abbot St. Brendan AD 565 and the norse settlers in the 9th century.

Healthcare. The small big hospital in Tórshavn.
Landssjúkrahúsið – the national hospital of the Faroe Islands.

The history – «Søga». Started in 1924 – the Dronning Aleksandrines Hospital (Queen Alexandrines Hospital). The colored picture is from 2012.
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Facts:
– 180 beds, some 850 employees
– About 9’000 patients a year
– 29 healthcare areas, divided into five treatment centres, research bord
– And some 60.000 outpatients, 524.000 analysis in clinical chemistry as well as 34.000 X-ray examinations per year
– International Patient Service
– By far the largest public institution in the Faroe Islands
– The ambition and mission statement here

The Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health in total: 300 beds, 900 employees, 13’000 patients a year.
Research areas with scientific personnel: Marine contaminants and developmental health.
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WOW: They have already an Electronic Health Record (Cosmic Gambio) system that connects the entire national health service. And there is free Wifi in all units.

New Building project for 2019 – hospital’s 95 anniversary.
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To have a look into the daily life of this unique main hospital check their Facebook site with so far more than 3’500 likes. Lots of pictures and the faroese language to discover.

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Healthcare is everywhere. This unique hospital and place some 700 kilometers north of Scotland. I felt a surprising urge to check timetables of Atlantic Airways. Must be the same longing of the settlers once to look for uncharted land.

Once again, I am simply impressed. By these islanders, by these healthcare professionals by a hospital in a remote place. Being a key to the future.

My compliments to all of you at Landssjúkrahúsið, the National Hospital.
Maurice Codourey

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