Corona chaos hits biggest hospital

UPDATED: Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo, forced to close its own busy clinic handling eye diseases, confirmed Sunday night that 19 people in Norway were confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus. By Monday evening the number had reached 25. New quarantine rules will now apply to all public health employees who have been […]

Norway registers first Corona patient

UPDATED: Norwegian health officials announced Wednesday evening that the country has registered its first patient infected with the Corona virus. On Thursday officials announced several more suspected cases and quarantines of those involved. “The person (officials wouldn’t initially specify whether it’s a man or a woman) was tested after coming home from an infected area […]

Health services braced for Corona

Norwegian health care services and local authorities have been preparing themselves for weeks to deal with confirmed cases of the new Corona virus. As more cases and even some deaths were registered in several southern European countries, local authorities figured it was just a matter of time before the first Corona case arrived in Norway. […]

Ullevål braced for any Wuhan virus cases

Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo and health officials around Norway contend they’re prepared to deal with any outbreaks of what’s now being called the Wuhan virus, especially after the first case was confirmed in neighbouring Sweden over the weekend. Ullevål reports having isolation rooms ready to house and treat Wuhan/Corona virus patients. Health Minister Bent […]

Health minister settles hospital conflict

A long-running conflict over where a new hospital in Nordland County would be built and others shut down, was finally settled this week. Health Minister Bent Høie decided that the new hospital for the Helgeland region would be built in Sandnessjøen, and an existing hospital at Mo i Rana would remain open as well. It […]

Norwegian research aids bipolar patients

An international association is recommending use of a Norwegian treatment for patients with a bipolar disorder that’s deceptively simple: those using glasses with orange lenses that block out blue light became much better. “It didn’t take longer than a few minutes after putting on the glasses that I felt the whole world calmed down,” one […]

Air ambulances grounded again

After finally settling technical problems tied to its fleet of air ambulances in Northern Norway, ambulance operator Babcock now faces another problem: sick pilots. The lack of pilots to fly Babcock’s air ambulances left them grounded again this week. “This is an unfortunate situation,” Maria Jahrmann Bjerke, a state secretary in the health ministry, told […]

Government boosts air ambulance fleet

Health Minister Bent Høie responded on Wednesday to harsh criticism over a lack of adequate air ambulance service in Northern Norway. He’s sending in extra aircraft and a military helicopter to offset technical trouble in the fleet of new air ambulance provider Babcock. “The people of Northern Norway are worried about preparedness,” Høie said at […]

Babcock apologizes for air ambulance crisis

Swedish ambulance service Babcock has put five extra aircraft on reserve but faces major expenses after struggling to deal with technical problems within its fleet of air ambulances for Northern Norway. Babcock’s pilots, meanwhile, complained on Friday that they weren’t told about the technical problems and only read about them in the media. “This is […]

Air ambulance fleet under fire

With nearly half its air ambulance fleet grounded because of “technical difficulties,” criticism was pouring in on Monday against new operator Babcock. Preparedness was at a critically minimum level in Northern Norway and doctors were ringing alarms. Health Minister Bent Høie was accused of not fully realizing how precarious the situation was in Finnmark, while […]