About Oslo University Hospital

​Oslo University Hospital (OUS) ​is a highly specialised hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments and the provision of high quality services for the citizens of Oslo.

The hospital also has a nationwide responsibility for a number of national and multi-regional assignments and has several national centres of competence.

Some wards and departments may have visiting hours or other restrictions on visits to patients. Please contact the ward/department you intend to visit in advance, to enquire about their practices. ​​

All general covid-related restrictions on visits to the hospital and our patients are now lifted. Visitors no longer need to make an appointment ahead of time, nor are they required to wear face masks in the hospital.​ 

International level

We carry out advanced patient treatment, research and trial treatments, give advice and provide education on international levels. The hospital is Scandinavia’s largest and we each year carry out more than 1.2 million patient treatments. Oslo University Hospital is responsible for approximately 50 percent of all medical and healthcare research conducted at Norwegian hospitals and is a significant role player within the education of a large variety of health care personnel. We are an emergency hospital for East and Southern Norway and have national emergency assignments. The hospital is furthermore responsible for ambulance services, the 113 emergency calls service (equivalent to 911), air ambulance and patient transportation in Oslo and the County of Akershus.

Fourteen divisions

Oslo University Hospital consists of fourteen medical divisions in addition to Division of Technology and Innovation, and the central unit Oslo Hospital Services, which provides non-medical services to the rest of the hospital. More than 20,000 employees are engaged with activities at more than 40 different locations. The hospital is owned by the South-Eastern Regional Health Authority and consists of the former health trusts of Aker University Hospital, Rikshospitalet University Hospital and Ullevål University Hospital.

Organisational chart

Organisational chart, English on page 2 (PDF)

The way ahead

Merging the former health trusts of Aker University Hospital, Rikshospitalet University Hospital and Ullevål University Hospital to the new trust of Oslo University Hospital, has brought together professional environments from each unit, thus providing patients with services which are even better adapted to their needs.

We are planning and building six new hospital buildings. This will provide better health services for Oslo's population, for the region and for the whole country. More than half of the treatment at OUS is given to patients outside Oslo. A total of 400,000 new and more efficient square meters of new construction will replace old, outdated buildings. ​​​​​

Good patient care pathway

The way we have decided to organise our hospital is based on good patient care pathways. Oslo University Hospital is to provide comprehensive and coherent patient treatment services to every patient all the way from theirhome to the hospital and back again.The aim of our new hospital is to create a well functioning and efficient local hospital, to strengthen highly specialised medicine, conduct research and provide education and innovation on international levels which together makes the hospital attractive for patients as well as professionals.  

A major part of the total medical research carried out at Norwegian medical centres is performed at Oslo University Hospital. This is the result of the hospital’s general research strategy and its extensive international and national network cooperation.

In this way, the medical centre complies with the requirements of its owner and patients relating to its role as national reference hospital, responsible for introducing and developing new medical examination methods, treatment methods and follow-ups. Research that supports prioritised areas of commitment will also safeguard the operation and development of national and multi-regional assignments, as well as the functions of the medical resource centres.

You will find more information about health care, medical treatment, patient and legal rights and self-service solutions on the webpages of the national digital health hub Helsenorge.

​Go to helsenorge.no.​

Oslo University Hospital has established a dedicated e-mail address for employees or others (partners, suppliers, patients, etc.) who wish to alert of unethical, illegal or unwanted practices or episodes within our organisation. This email account is intended to make whistleblowing safe and easy to do within our organisation.

Read about whistleblowing at Oslo University Hospital and find contact information (PDF).

Read about work and education at Oslo University Hospital.

Last updated 10/12/2023