Regional Centre of Excellence for Palliative Care

As part of the Norwegian National Cancer Plan (1999-2003), four regional centres of excellence for palliative care were established, one in each of Norway's four health care regions.
The government has assigned these centres to research, education, and service development, and given them a role in coordinating and promoting palliative care in their respective regions, both in hospitals and community services. 
The Western Norway Health Care Region covers three counties with 85 municipalities and has a population of 1,1 million inhabitants. From January 2020, a new organisation of the region will give two counties and 66 municipalities. The region has 10 somatic hospitals and is divided into four administrative areas.

Palliative care is provided as an integral part of the public health care system. All the five major hospitals have an interprofessional specialist palliative care team, also serving the smaller, local hospitals. Three hospitals have a specialist palliative care inpatient unit. Eight nursing homes in the region have a palliative care inpatient unit, while 40 nursing homes have one or a few beds dedicated to palliative care.
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Regional Centre of Excellence for Palliative Care

Organisation

Our centre was established in 2001. It is organized with a central unit for research, education and service development at the regional University Hospital in Bergen, connected to a multidisciplinary network of part-time clinical co-workers.
The doctors, nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and pastor in the regional network have been recruited from clinical services all over the healthcare region, where they provide palliative care as part of their daily work. They have one-two days per week devoted to research, education, or advisory/developmental work in palliative care, covering all parts of Western Norway. One central task is running competence networks for healthcare professionals. The team members have a special responsibility for promoting the aims of palliative care within their own healthcare professions.

Contact information

Telefon
0047 55 97 58 24
Monday - Friday 08.00-15.30
Email

How to get to the hospital

​There are several ways of getting to Haukeland University Hospital by public transport. Here follows a brief summary.

​​​​​​​The term Pasientreiser (patient travel) is used to describe travel to and from authorised treatments. The hospital is responsible for providing patient travel and will meet the cost of the cheapest mode of travel on behalf of the patient. You can read more on the Pasientreiser website​. The website also contains information about the Helseekspress and Helsebuss bus services.

Bus
Several scheduled bus routes stop at the hospital. There is also a number of commuter bus routes running between different parts of Bergen and the hospital.
Skyss has produced a dedicated route map for Haukeland University Hospital (PDF)​ showing which bus routes stop at the hospital. At Skyss.no you will find complete bus routes with details of stops and departure times.
Tide and Nettbuss operate express coaches on several long-distance routes to the centre of Bergen.

Bybanen light railway
The closest Bybanen station is Kronstad. Walking from Kronstad to the hospital takes around 10 minutes. Timetables are available at Skyss.no.

Taxi
There are usually taxis available at the taxi rank outside the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). If not, our receptionists are on hand 24 hours a day and can help book a taxi for you.

Train
Bergen Train Station in the centre of Bergen is the closest mainline station to Haukeland University Hospital. The distance between the station and the hospital is around 2.5 km and is served by several bus routes.

Air
Bergen Airport in Flesland is just under 20 km from Haukeland University Hospital. There is no direct airport bus between Haukeland and Bergen Airport, but you can take the airport bus to and from the centre of Bergen.

Waiting areas
There is a separate waiting area near the reception in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka) for patients and next-of-kin waiting for transport.

Practical information

Food and catering

Library

The patient library allows patients and their next-of-kin to borrow books, DVDs and periodicals.

We have a large selection of books, comic books, audiobooks, digital books/cards and PlayStation, Wii and Xbox games, as well as DVDs, CDs, periodicals, newspapers and music.
We also lend DAB radios and playback equipment for films, audiobooks and music.

Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.30–15.30.
​Tuesday and Thursday 11.30–17.30.


Book trolleys
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we visit the departments with our book trolley. If you would like to borrow something but are unable to make it to the library, feel free to contact us during opening hours, and we will deliver the requested material to you.


Computers and printers
The library has a public computer and printer/photocopier. Patients and next-of-kin are welcome to use the internet, do their online banking, print off plane tickets etc.


Visual art
We also lend visual art. Please contact us for more information.

Visiting times

​Ordinary hospital visiting hours are between 17.00 and 20.00. Most departments are also able to welcome visitors outside these times. We ask that visitors show consideration for other patients by going to the day room, for example.

If a patient is too ill to leave the room, we kindly ask that you arrange any visits outside normal visiting hours with the staff in the department in advance.

Wireless Internett

All patients and visitors can use free wireless internet in most areas of the hospital.

Gjest.ihelse.net is a wireless network for visitors, patients and staff.

How to connect to our guest network:

  1. Connect to the wireless guest network (gjest.ihelse.net)
  2. A browser should open automatically. (If the login window does not appear, try to open the browser manually).
  3. Read the terms carefully.
  4. Press "Accept" when you have read and understood the terms.

The login takes place automatically on units after the first login, as long as the account is active. It will only be necessary to log in once per unit per 31 days.


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