I thought I would write something a little different for this post. As I am a health care student training to be a Radiographer I have been spending some time within the hospital in Turku during my ERASMUS programme, so am going to reflect on my interpretation of the healthcare in Finland.
Firstly, the healthcare and hospitals in Finland is impressive! Given the small population, the Finnish are very privileged to have such fantastic care available to them. I understand that the investments in the latest technology, equipment and infrastructure is made possible by the finances gained through large taxes. I do believe that the money is well spent and there is a health service in operation that Turku should be proud of.
Turun yliopistollinen keskussairaala (TYKS) (Turku University Hospital) is where I spent most of my practical training and observation. It caters for southwest Finland and is a large teaching hospital that accepts student from all over the world to enhance their healthcare education. I felt that the hospital had a very innovative and creative vibe with the design of it very practical, such as colour controlled lights above the parking spaces to indicate if the space is free or not. I cannot speak for other departments but the radiography department was very well designed with commonly associated modalities situated close together to avoid the patient travelling far such as the computed tomography (CT) scanner located next to the emergency assessment room, enabling best care of a trauma patient. I also noticed that new technologies, drugs and techniques were in researching stages or testing. Upon speaking to some members of staff they said that the hospital is often visited by representatives from companies from all over the world who pitch products or techniques. I saw this in action when I was observing surgery of a brain stent, where a representative from England was presenting his latest product for the particular condition.
In conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed my time in TYKS and wish other health care students that spend time there all the best in their practical training.
Text & photo: Grace Parsons