Healthcare in Västra Götaland

Region Västra Götaland is tasked with creating prerequisites for good health on equal terms.

The foundation of good public health is a society where people enjoy good living conditions, a good environment and are able to participate. Public health matters in Region Västra Götaland are the concern of the Public Health Committee in cooperation with other civil society players. But public health work is a responsibility in all activities and operations within Region Västra Götaland.

Region Västra Götaland provides the inhabitants of Västra Götaland with the healthcare and medical treatment that they need. Region Västra Götaland operates 17 hospitals, 121 healthcare centres and 170 public dental care centres. Some care is provided by private centres under contract with Region Västra Götaland.

Primary healthcare

Primary healthcare is responsible for all healthcare and medical treatment that does not require the hospitals’ special resources. Primary healthcare is mainly provided through the healthcare centres. The healthcare centres treat the most common illnesses and often have a children’s clinic, a prenatal clinic and rehabilitation resources, for example physical therapy. They can also offer conversational support and advice through their welfare counsellors or help to stop smoking, lose weight or with other problems that affect health.

Find healthcare centers in Västra Götaland (Swedish only)

Dental care

Public dental care has clinics for general dental care, specialised dental care and hospital dentistry. 95 percent of the children and approximately 50 percent of the adults in Västra Götaland are public dental care patients. As of 2013, all Västra Götaland citizens are entitled to free dental care until the age of 23 in public or private dental care.

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General information in English about dental care in Sweden

Hospitals in Västra Götaland, Sweden

Several of Region Västra Götaland’s 17 hospitals provide both emergency and planned treatment in a number of specialised fields. In order to maintain a high level of quality and safety, emergency treatment is concentrated to certain hospitals. Other hospitals specialise in planned care and have developed profiles of their own.

Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SU, is the largest hospital in Northern Europe and is responsible for specialised diagnostics and treatment. SU collaborates closely with the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and is responsible for the clinical training of nurses and doctors.

The heath care in Västra Götaland is divided into four different geographical areas, with several hospitals in each area.

Websites of the hospitals in Västra Götaland

Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg

NU-sjukvården, hospitals in these cities: Trollhättan, Uddevalla, Strömstad, Lysekil and Bäckefors.

Skaraborg Hospital, hospitals in these cities: Falköping, Skövde, Lidköping and Mariestad

Kungälv hospital: Hospital in the city Kungälv

Southern Älvsborg Hospital: Care activities are mainly provided at the hospitals in Borås and Skene



If you are ill, need health care or have general questions concerning the health care in Västra Götaland, please call the health care service at number 1177. If you call from outside Sweden the number is: +46 771 11 77 00.

In case of emergency call 112