Sustainable hospitals

In order to respond to the increasing pressure on hospitals for providing even better services for fewer resources, Denmark has invested in a new and modernized hospital infrastructure to create a sustainable and even better healthcare sector for the future.

A future healthcare system, which relies more on primary care, municipal services and the patients’ own resources, changes the role of the hospital. This is why Denmark has made a historic billion-dollar investment in new hospital constructions to create a modern and coherent hospital landscape to accommodate the future challenges facing the healthcare sector. The new hospital landscape involves a drastic reduction of the number of hospitals in Denmark and at the same time, each hospital now delivers specific, specialized services. The construction and modernization of 16 state and regional funded hospitals together with multiple regional hospital projects include new greenfield projects as well as expansion of existing capacity mainly through public-private partnerships that facilitates cooperation on innovation, Danish design and green technologies to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact. In total, the projects will modernize one-third of the current Danish hospital capacity. For more than a decade, Danish hospitals and companies have worked together on improving logistics in hospitals. The overall aim has been the creation of just-in-time solutions in order to optimize coordination and efficiency and reduce the patients’ length of stay.

The new hospital landscape also means a new emergency structure, which reduces the number of emergency departments in Denmark from 40 to 21. The new joint emergency departments will ensure that the citizens get the same high-quality treatment in all emergency departments.

Watch video about the Danish approach to new hospital constructions.