Sjukhus (Hospital)

A hospital can also be called a lasarett in Swedish. Hospitals provide care for people who are ill or injured. An emergency department is generally at a hospital. The healthcare provided at a hospital can be either out-patient care or in-patient care. Out-patient care means that you are not admitted to a ward, but are examined and treated at a hospital out-patient clinic or a health centre. The other form of care, in-patient care, refers to care of a patient who has been admitted to a hospital ward. To come to a hospital clinic or ward you have to have a referral from a doctor. Hospital care focuses mainly on patients with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions. Many hospitals have both emergency and planned care in several different specialties, such as internal medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology, paediatric medicine and elderly care, etc. If you need to go to the emergency department it may be best to call first and let them know that you are coming. Call the healthcare information service (telephone number: 1177) for advice or read more at

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