The university hospital of the future

The assignment for the new university hospital, which opened its doors to the first patients in November 2016, is to provide highly specialised healthcare and conduct basic research, patient-focused clinical research and education. Greater collaboration between healthcare and research will contribute to new research findings being turned into new treatment methods and medicines faster.

The guiding principle is “the patient always first” where the patient’s safety, integrity and comfort are at the centre. Patients will meet a state-of-the-art hospital where planning and design have always been based on what will be best for them. For example, all in-patient rooms will be single rooms with shower and toilet and a bed for relatives to spend the night.

At the A&E department, patients will arrive by ambulance, helicopter or
by referral from another care provider, for example primary care.
In addition to this, patients who are already under treatment at NKS will be able to come directly to the hospital.

NKS will be part of the future care system that is based on all parts of the system interacting with each other. The demanding, highly specialised care at NKS is complemented by extended emergency hospitals and specialist care outside the emergency hospitals. Information services such as the Care Guide (“Vårdguiden”) and communication between patients and care providers will lead to a more efficient care of the patient’s actual needs.

NKS’ most important characteristics:

  • Distinct focus on the patient’s safety and integrity
  • Secure single rooms (with shower and toilet), with room for relatives to spend the night
  • Minimise moving the patient through efficient work methods
  • Good interaction and smooth flows between different units
  • Clear linkage between care, research and training in order to develop the care services
  • A purpose-built environment that facilitates the healing process and stimulates both patients and staff
  • Strong focus on energy efficiency and sustainability
  • A hospital in the city, state-of-the-art and close to the city’s inhabitants.

The NKS project organisation

Since January 2012, responsibility for the New Karolinska Solna project has been shared by the County Council Executive Board (LSF) and Karolinska University Hospital.

The project agreement is a PPP (Public Private Partnership) agreement between Stockholm County Council and the project company Swedish Hospital Partners AB.

Karolinska University Hospital is responsible for framing the requirements concerning the medical technology equipment (MTE) and the information and communication technology (ICT) that NKS is to have. The County Council Administration for its part is responsible for procurement of the technical equipment and the other fittings and furnishings for the hospital.

Responsibility for planning care activities and the organisation, before NKS becomes operational lies with Karolinska University Hospital. Karolinska’s programme office is now working together with Stockholm County Council’s programme office for future healthcare on the overall operational planning for NKS. This work is estimated to result in a concrete proposal in spring 2013.