Oulu University Hospital is the northernmost of five university central hospitals in Finland. The hospital currently provides treatment for the people in the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and northern Finland in general. It also offers international services to Scandinavia and other parts of the world.
The hospital utilizes the latest international knowledge and equipment in all specialized branches of medicine. Its various departments, wards and laboratories employ a total staff of more than 3,000 highly trained professionals, including world-class surgeons and experts. The hospital has the capacity to handle the most demanding emergencies. Special emphasis is placed on personal treatment for each patient.
Oulu University Hospital is also used for teaching purposes by the Faculty of Medicine, the professors acting as senior physicians in their specialized clinical fields. The hospital has close co-operation with the adjacent Medipolis centre, a concentration of medical and biotechnical companies, and the Kastelli Research Centre.
Other units on the same premises are the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction and the Population and Family Welfare Federation's Fertility Clinic.
Apart from the Oulu University Hospital, the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District includes two other units: Oulaskangas Hospital and Visala Hospital.