The Largest Health Centre in Finland
Over 9,000 staff members are employed by the Health Centre that occupies over 90 facilities throughout the city.
The Health Centre produces basic health care services for the city’s residents and, in addition, the specialist medical care services in the fields of psychiatry, internal medicine, geriatrics, neurology and physiatrics. Other specialised health care services are purchased from the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.
The Health Centre Vision 2016
By 2016, the services we provide will be the best in the field and produced in a cost-effective manner. We also aim at ensuring that our care procedures are effective and safe and that there is a sufficient amount of professional personnel, able to support residents in the promotion of their health and taking care of their illnesses. A further goal is for the Health Centre to provide friendly and flexible customer services and to be considered a reputable and preferred employee that sees to the occupational well-being of its staff.
Promotion of Health promotion as the strategy
The central tasks of the Health Centre include the promotion of the residents’ health, organisation of the medical care needed in co-operation with the Hospital District and ensuring the availability of medical care and the quality of the services. We seek to reduce the differences in health detected in the various population groups. Our goal is to provide the people of Helsinki with exemplary possibilities to make choices that promote their health. However, health care measures are insufficient as the only means of influencing the health of the Helsinki residents. A key definition in the Health Centre’s policy is to take the promotion of health and health effects into account in all of the city’s activities.
Topical issues in the promotion of health include smoking and intoxicants, obesity, mental health problems and the general ageing of the population. National health problems, such as adult-onset diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, are addressed with specific projects and programmes.
Health services of the Residents of Helsinki
The Health Centre hosts five departments that are responsible for clinical operations: Health stations, Oral health care, Home care, Psychiatry and the City Hospital. The centralised administrative and supportive services are produced by the Administration and Service Centre. The Managing Director is responsible for the management of the Health Centre’s activities.
- Health Stations
Health stations offer the residents of Helsinki the required health care services in the fields of outpatient care, family planning, maternity and child health clinics, adult health promotion clinics and school and student health care.
- Oral Health Care
The residents of Helsinki are provided services in oral health care at the dental clinics throughout the city and the unit for emergency oral health care.
Mental health care services for the adult population are available at the psychiatry clinics, hospital wards and the emergency psychiatric unit. The Health Centre also includes psychiatric day hospitals, rehabilitation units and family care services.
- Home Care
Home care offers home care services and home nursing for the elderly, for people with chronic diseases, for convalescents and disabled people above the age of 18. The purpose of the home care services unit is to provide customers with a good and safe quality of life at home, despite reduced functionality.
- City Hospital
The City hospital is responsible for services in somatic hospital care, home hospital care, rehabilitation and health clinic emergency operations at the health station level and the basic emergency operations in internal medicine. The clinics offer specialised health care services by appointment in the fields of internal medicine, geriatrics, neurology and physiatrics.