A new university hospital takes shape
In autumn 2016, the first patients were welcomed to Stockholm County Council’s newest hospital, New Karolinska Solna (NKS). In November, cardiopulmonary care, the paediatric emergency ward, in-patient paediatrics and some outpatient care from the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Solna moved into the new hospital building.
The hospital is being given a completely new mission. It will be a smaller, more highly specialised hospital than today’s Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, with a focus on the most complex diagnoses. The main part of the hospital is scheduled for completion in 2017 and the treatment building is scheduled for completion in 2018 which is when the hospital is planned to be in full operation.
Future Plan for Health and Medical Care
The bearing principle in the Future Plan for Health and Medical Care is that the patient should receive the right care at the right level of care. Those who can be cared for outside the emergency hospitals should have the possibility to do so. Many of the outpatient care visits made to the emergency hospitals today should in the future take place at specialist clinics, smaller hospitals and local urgent care clinics instead.
In 2016, a large number of subprojects were under way in the scope of the Future Plan. The new emergency ward at St. Göran Hospital was inaugurated in April 2016. Now that the hospital’s new emergency ward is finished, it can receive around 100,000 emergency visits per year.
In 2016, planning was under way for the new local urgent care clinics that will open in 2017 and 2018. Together with the health centres, local urgent care clinics will become important for receiving many people who turn to the emergency wards of the major hospitals today.
Obstetrics in the County
Around 29,500 childbirths were performed in 2016, of which 7,500 were in the summer months of June, July and August. In 2016, the County’s obstetrics shifted from seven childbirth units to six. At the same time, capacity was expanded at these six units, and future parents were encouraged to choose a childbirth unit that has room the week the birth is estimated to take place. The obstetrics ward at Södersjukhuset underwent extensive renovation during the year. The design of the new premises provides conditions for new ways of working and a better care and working environment. Work was also under way at Södertälje Hospital to build a new obstetrics ward integrated with the childbirth unit (family rooms) and outpatient care clinics before and after the delivery. The ward is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Frapp – new digital operational support in ambulances
In 2016, the County Council introduced a new digital operational support in ambulance care called Frapp. The purpose of the new IT equipment is to provide ambulance personnel the possibility to send information on the patient’s status in real time. This way, it becomes easier to make sure the patient is taken to a suitable care provider and that the right medical effort can be prepared.
Modernisation and expansion of public transport
MTR took over as the operator of commuter rail service on 11 December 2016. During the year, the County Council prepared for the opening of the commuter rail stations Odenplan and City, which will be brought into operation in July 2017.
In January 2016, efficiency enhancements were conducted in bus service for around SEK 100 million, which contributed to reducing the costs of purchased transport services. Several cost-effective agreements entered into effect during the year, in such operations as those for public transport for the disabled, buses and commuter rail service.
In 2016, the County Council also took several important steps in the preparations for the start of construction of the new Metro. The County Council decided to expand the existing Metro depot in Högdalen, which in the future will serve both the Blue and the Green lines.
Regional development at a rapid pace
During the year, the County Council conducted a dialogue with several hundred stakeholders in the long-term development of the Stockholm region. The dialogue was based on the consultation proposal on the next regional development plan for the Stockholm region, RUFS 2050. The regional development plan expresses the region’s collective will and is intended to be a guide for the municipalities’ comprehensive plans, the regional growth efforts, infrastructure plans, structural fund programmes and the County Council's long-term work. The common vision in the plan is for the Stockholm region to become Europe’s most attractive metropolitan region.
The County Council Assembly will decide on the next regional development plan in 2018, and the plan will then apply during the years 2018-2026.
The County Council may become a region in the long term
In December 2016, the County Council submitted an application to the government to form a region in Stockholm County as of 1 January 2019. By forming a region, part of the responsibility that today rests with the County Administrative Board will be moved over to the County Council.