December 17, 2020

Office hours during the holidays

Please note that we have limited opening hours December 23rd and 30th. You are more than welcome to contact us 9 am to 12 am.

Grövelsjön, Dalarna by Paulina Sarbinowska

The office is closed December 24-26th and December 31st-January 1st.  Happy Holidays!

/Sahlgrenska I.C. team

December 1, 2020

Planned care for UK citizens after Brexit

Are you a UK Citizen interested in planned care at Sahlgrenska University Hospital or another hospital in Region Västra Götaland?  This is what you need to know.

Staff in reception area welcome a patient

UK citizens are welcome to apply for planned care at the hospitals in the region before and after the Brexit transition period.

As from 1 January 2021, we will offer planned care for UK citizens in accordance with our international price list. The S2 form will no longer be applicable.

If you are visiting Sweden after 31 December 2020 and the need for care arises, it is important that you have a travel insurance as the EHIC card will no longer be valid for UK Citizens.

Both the S2 route and the EHIC card will remain open for the following groups:

  • UK State Pensioners living in the EU before 31 December 2020
  • ”Frontier workers” (someone who works in one state and lives in another) before 31 December 2020, for as long as you continue to be a frontier worker in the host state
  • an EU national living in the UK before 31 December 2020

If you are interested in applying for planned care – please contact our patient coordinator.

November 27, 2020

Apply for Specialist Training in Plastic Surgery

Are you a medical doctor interested in specialising in Plastic Surgery? We have an open position for a Swedish Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) starting in 2021. To be eligible you need to have at least 2 years of experience, preferably partly within Plastic Surgery.

Join our team

You will join the Plastic Surgery department at one of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals – the Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg. We serve patients from all over Sweden, and some from abroad. A regular year, we perform around 1,500 in-patient operations and 950 out-patient operations in our department.

The department carries out all kinds of reconstructive plastic surgery, with the exception for large burn injuries requiring intensive care. We specialize in craniofacial surgery, gender reassignment surgery, microvascular surgery, advanced breast reconstructions and Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) surgery. A large part of our assignment is reconstructions of congenital malformations in children.

In total, 22 specialists work at our department. Besides their clinical work, everyone is deeply committed in research (2 professors, 5 associate professors, 4 post-doctoral researchers and 8 PhD-students. From our department, 74 scientific publications were produced between 2017–2019. Also, we educate medical students, interns and residents as an integrated part of our daily work.

Is this you?

As with all specialty fields, there is not one right profile. In fact, there are many. What unites us is our relentless interest for plastic surgery.

We are looking for a communicative team player who can listen, understand and earn the trust of both adults and children. An excellent hand-eye co-ordination, fine coordination and visuo-spatial awareness is an advantage for this precise work. We assume that you have spent a couple of years in surgical training and acquired basic surgical skills.

A well-developed sense of self-awareness is essential for a surgeon. To fit in our department, you will also need a good deal of humility towards both patients and peers. We are specialists in different, highly challenging areas of reconstructive surgery and need each other to be able to provide the best care possible to a broad spectrum of patients. All for the benefit of the patient´s safety and treatment outcomes.

We are looking for a highly dedicated colleague who has an uncompromising interest in reconstructive plastic surgery. Besides your clinical duties (40 hours a week), you will continuously need to study key literature as well as participate in research projects. You will be part of the standby duty, the out-patient service as well as assisting in the operating theatre. Eventually, depending on your skill development, you will be able to operate autonomously.

The clinical part of the training program reaches over five years or as long as it takes to fulfil the objectives in accordance with the Swedish regulations and guidelines concerning specialist training in Plastic surgery. Besides the core training program in plastic surgery, you will also participate in a number of different courses, such as microsurgical training. Also, a two-months mandatory education in burn trauma assessment and surgical treatment is located at one of the two burn trauma centers in Sweden (in Linköping or Uppsala). During SMPT-program, you will also do rotations in other specialties, such as anesthesiology, general and vascular surgery.


Read more about the program layout and application process to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than December 13th, 2020.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Skype interviews in the first quarter of 2021. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to an on-site interview in Gothenburg soon after.

Please note that we are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Coordinator is happy to help if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!


November 3, 2020

Planned care requests during Covid-19

After a summer with falling figures, the Covid-19 infection rate has been steadily rising during the autumn. Last week, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the infection control doctors decided on stricter general advice for the residents in certain regions –  our Region Västra Götaland among others. The aim is to reduce the rapid spread of Covid-19 and avoid the strain on healthcare. The stricter advice is applicable until 19 November, but may be extended.

Sahlgrenska University Hospital is continuously adjusting its activities in accordance with orders from the hospital’s management group based on data prepared by the hospital’s pandemic group. 

How does this affect you?

You are welcome to apply for planned care at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, even during these difficult pandemic times. However the possibility to accept new patients is limited. Each treatment request will be evaluated individually with regards to the medical condition and the in-patient ward capacity at the hospital. Decisions will be made by the responsible clinic, grounded in evidence and medical prioritization according to the latest guidelines from the hospital management. 

Please note that

  • All patients should be screened for COVID-19 prior arrival for surgery or other medical visits.
  • A restricted visiting policy to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 applies throughout the hospital.

Stay safe!

October 8, 2020

SMTP talk with directors of clinical studies

Today we presented the Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) for Non-EU doctors to the directors of clinical studies at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Since most of the conversations this year have gone digital due to the pandemic, it was such a good feeling to finally meet in person. 

The international director of clinical studies, education coordinator and a SMTP-doctor present the SMTP-program during SR-dagen (a day when all directors of clinical studies gather) at Campus Nya Varvet

One of the SMTP doctors joined us for a conversation about his journey. Mohammad Khalil recently finished his SMTP in Radiology and is currently enrolled in a S-SMTP (Subspecialist Medical  Training Program) in Neuroradiology. Why did he decide to stay?

During the SMTP I did one of my rotations at the division of Neuroradiology. It is one of the best, and I really enjoyed my time there. The division is well organized, the equipment is advanced and the colleagues are friendly. I’m glad I got the opportunity to stay and do my subspecialist program there”, says Mohammmad.

September 25, 2020

International aid - on the move again

Good news!

A person pushing a material aid box with their hands

Our partner Human Bridge has resumed their aid transports. From now on one transport a week will reach recipients in prioritized countries who are again able to receive donations due to eased restrictions. Much lower volumes and less frequent than before Covid-19, limitations that are preliminary set to last to June 2021.

The pandemic is far from over, but the material aid is moving in the right direction again. Ensuring that our donations reach recipients is our highest priority, and now the road to them is more open than in a very long time.

Aid responsibles from Sahlgrenska International Care and Human Bridge meet outside on the Medical Hill in Gothenburg
Robert Bergman, director of Human Bridge, informs Anders Lygdman, strategic advisor international aid in Region Västra Götaland, about the resumed transports.

Take care out there.


September 16, 2020

Apply for Specialist Training in Orthodontics

Are you a dentist with at least 2 years of clinical experience, interested in specialising in Orthodontics? The admission for dentists applying to enter the Specialist Dental Training Program (SDTP) in Orthodontics in September 2022 is now open.

SDTP dentists dressed in scrubs walking down a corridor

Welcome to Gothenburg

The Specialist Clinic of Orthodontics is located on the Medical Hill, across the road from Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where you will find the renowned Institute of Odontology. The globally recognized faculty and modern clinical facilities attract many international dentists to the post graduate programs.

The concentration of specialist dental care in one place allows a close interaction between the Institute of Odontology at the University of Gothenburg and the Public Dental Service in Region Västra Götaland. The result: a research-intensive environment for clinical practitioners that maximizes value for the patients.

Join our team 

You will join a specialist clinic with approximately 50 employees and 12 postgraduate students, offering patients modern, evidence-based and person-centred orthodontic treatments. We treat most types of teeth irregularities in children, young adults and some adults, with the use of a variety of orthodontic appliances, including miniscrews and clear aligners.  Each year, we start approximately 1300-1400 new treatments.

At the Specialist clinic for Orthodontics you will also treat patients that need interdisciplinary care in close collaboration with specialists in orthognatic surgery, pedodontics, prosthetics (Brånemark clinic), periodontology and endodontics.

Is this you?

As with all specialty fields, there is not one right profile. In fact, there are many. What unites us who choose to become specialists in Orthodontics, is the interest for the field itself.

We are looking for a person with excellent hand to eye coordination as well as communication and interpersonal skills and a very good command of English. Since we treat many young persons, an important part of your job will be to involve the patient and educate them on how to take care of their teeth during and after treatment. To achieve a good communication with the younger patients you will also need a good grip of the Swedish language as well.

Dentist standing in front of dental equipment
“Graduating from this faculty has opened new doors for me in UAE” – Khulood, a 2018 SDTP Orthodontics Graduate.

Note that if you are applying for a Swedish dental licence, you need to show a certification of proficiency in the Swedish language at level C1 (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). For dentists without an EU dental licence, proficiency in Swedish at level B2 is required. Sahlgrenska International Care can arrange with language studies prior program start.


Read more about the program description Orthodontics Postgraduate Program in Göteborg, the program layout, and application procedure  to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than October 31 2020.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Skype interviews in November. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to an on-site interview in Gothenburg in the beginning of 2021.

Please note that we are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Coordinator is happy to help if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!




September 15, 2020

We walked for giving blood

Blodomloppet is an annual walk or run to support the cause of giving blood. This pandemic year it is even more important to raise awareness for needed blood donations.

Today our team went for a 5 k walk in Änggårdsbergen – a nature reserve next to our office.




September 4, 2020

Sahlgrenska Epilepsy Center – now open

They have been up and running for six months, but Covid-19 came in the way for the inauguration. Now Sahlgrenska Epilepsy Center is officially open, and ready to welcome patients from all over Sweden and other countries for rare and complex epileptic disorders.

The center represents Sweden in EpiCare, the European reference network for rare and complex epilepsies.

– The center is an important part of the hospital’s investment in highly specialized epilepsy care. If our skills are not enough, through the network we gain access to colleagues throughout the EU. In the same way, we contribute to the discussions when epilepsy experts from other EU countries have specific issues where we have the highest expertise. We want to make it easier for patients to benefit from our mutual expertise, both in Sweden and in Europe, which is the whole philosophy behind both the hospital’s investment in the Sahlgrenska Epilepsy Center and EpiCARE, says Kristina Malmgren, director and professor in Neurology.

For more information – read Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s press release.

July 14, 2020

New ways to reach aid recipients during Covid-19

Shipping and travel restrictions in combination with short term leaves have led to donations of healthcare material getting stuck in Sweden. In order to continue to donate, Region Västra Götaland has found new ways to reach aid recipients in other other countries.

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has had serious financial consequences for many aid organizations, such as Human Bridge, Region Västra Götaland’s main partner for international aid.

“We have informed our partners and recipients in the field that we will be forced to pause our aid shipments indefinitely,” Human Bridge announced in May. All development assistance staff there are currently on short-term leave for the rest of the year.

Had to rethink

By then, Sahlgrenska International Care had already understood that the sharp freight and travel restrictions would make it impossible to continue as usual.

– When the whole world is turned up side down, aid is also affected. An expected consequence is that countries look more inwards. Some materials have been temporarily needed to strengthen domestic healthcare. Like so many other industries, we had to rethink, says Anders Lygdman, head of international aid assistance at Sahlgrenska International Care.

Some departments in Region Västra Götaland had already begun to notice that donations had not been picked up. Sahlgrenska International Care quickly informed them about how donations would be handled during the pandemic.

Be useful

– Today, all departments in the region that want to donate are asked to contact me who will contact our partners. That way I can find the best available solution at that given time. It is ultimately my responsibility to ensure that our donations do not stand and dust here, when it can be useful elsewhere. But we must not compromise on quality.

It soon became clear that the other partner Agape Foundation could expand its dontation pick ups. Finding other partners quickly who can complement existing ones is difficult, partners must be quality assured and agreements signed. Suddenly it has proved possible.

New ways of working

– To be open to new ways of working, is what I believe united all of us who in different ways have worked in the middle of this Covid-19 pandemic. We recently signed a time-limited agreement with Hope in Action, a Swedish organization originating in Herrljunga that is present in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Donated medical textiles from Alingsås laundry will for the most part be used at Kyeshero Hospital in Goma in the North Kivu region.

– I know that the pandemic is far from over, but I want to believe that when come out on the other side, we will be able to say that we did the best we could. We did not lose sight of the recipients in other countries, even though it has sometimes been a more bumpy road to reach them, says Anders Lygdman.

Published in VGRfokus.

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