Work base Dora Mac
South Pacific Familyadventure 2008
Tue 8 Oct 2019 17:00
The Lofoten hospital is a rural hospital serving this region mainly with emergency surgery and minor elective surgery(hernia and gallbladder surgery). Being exposed to loads of tourism all year, accidents during outdoor activity are common. Recruiting experienced surgeons with broad surgical knowledge has become increasingly difficult with the last decades of centralisation and specialisation. Subsequently all surgeons on Lofoten hospital are above the age of 45 and the majority from other regions in Norway or abroad. The problem of serving rural hospitals with experienced surgeons has been adressed in many countries lately (USA,Canada,Australia,Scotland,New Zealand etc) but not in Scandinavia.
Norway though has "Norsk Luftambulanse" (Norwegian air ambulance) an incredible organisation of ambulance helicopters,airplanes and top of the class pilots
. Helicopters are frequently involved in searescue,mountainrescue and emergency transportation. On the picture below we are sending a patient for emergency neurosurgery to Tromsö university hospital.