Greetings from the Hospital Director
Thank you for visiting the University of Fukui Hospital website.
As the director, I would first like to describe the latest situation of our hospital. The University of Fukui Hospital has been fulfilling important roles in Fukui Prefecture as the only advanced treatment hospital within the prefecture and as a facility to nurture medical professionals such as doctors and nurses. With the advancement of medicine, the hospital added a new ward (Ward-A) in 2014, and subsequently reorganized the outpatient and central medical care wards. It also adopted an elaborate interior design to make a fresh start as a second-generation university hospital. For example, aiming to improve the quality of hard services, the Surgical Center adopted robotic surgical assistance, hybrid operating, and domestically the most advanced surgical instrument sterilization management systems. Similarly, as for soft services, a new system that performs multidisciplinary treatment, independently of a medical department, such as internal medicine and surgical departments, was established by reorganizing inpatient wards (600 beds) into 11 centers for each organ disease.
As you know, Japan is facing rapid aging, a reduced birth rate, and increasing social insurance costs as serious issues that markedly influence national medical policies. In such a situation, it is necessary to maintain citizens’ health and realize social well-being by making the most of limited resources. Fukui Prefecture’s plans for the promotion of community-based medicine toward 2025 address the necessity of dividing hospitals/clinics within the prefecture based on their functions to provide advanced acute, post-acute, or chronic care, covering home-visit and long-term care services, and establishing a new medical system to provide efficient and seamless care.
Role-sharing and collaboration among medical institutions to enable patients to receive initial treatment in community hospitals/clinics (family doctors) and advanced/specialized treatment in hospitals are also being promoted in outpatient services. As a measure for this, the compulsory addition of medical fees for selective care (5,400 yen) in the case of medical consultation without a letter of referral was imposed, targeting advanced treatment hospitals like this. We kindly ask you to understand the purpose of this system.
On the other hand, an attempt that is unprecedented in Japan will start from August of this year; a municipal home care clinic will be opened at the request of Eiheiji-cho where the University of Fukui Hospital is located, and the hospital will be entrusted with its management. The purposes of this attempt are to contribute to the community without sufficient home care as its weak point, and to nurture doctors specializing in general medicine, who will lead community-based medicine within the prefecture in the future, by incorporating the perspective of community-based chronic care into medical education that has been placing importance on acute care.
The work style reform is another important current issue in Japan. Doctors are charged with public tasks, but they are also persons and work force members whose health should be protected. To promote awareness for this reform, we decided not to provide an explanation of pathological conditions during out-of-service hours and holidays, except in emergencies, from April of this year onward. Your understanding and cooperation in this matter would also be very much appreciated.
Finally, as a university hospital providing reliable medical services for all residents of Fukui Prefecture, we will continue to make concerted efforts.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Director of University of Fukui Hospital