The medical centre provides multidisciplinary surgical treatment. In March 2015, an emergency surgery centre was opened in the surgery clinic for high-level treatment of emergency surgical patients. It is the largest structural unit of emergency surgery in Estonia. The centre employs the chief doctor/head of the department, senior doctor/general surgeon, four general surgeons, and doctors-residents. The centre has 27 beds, including 5 intensive care beds.
The emergency surgery centre considers the following very important in its treatment:
- a modern and multidisciplinary treatment of emergency surgical patients;
- evidence-based treatment based on good treatment practices;
- ensuring high quality of care and continuous monitoring of treatment results;
- integration of residents and students in teaching and treatment;
- development of research in the field of emergency surgery;
- the introduction of new medical technologies and new medicines in the field of emergency surgery.
The centre mainly treats patients with the following diagnoses:
- appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix);
- cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder);
- diverticulitis (inflammation of the outpouchings of the bowel wall);
- intestinal obstruction;
- complications of peptic ulcers (duodenal and gastric ulcer);
- gastrointestinal bleeding;
- hernias in need of urgent surgery;
- soft tissue infections;
- ischemic limbs;
- traumatic injuries.
The main tasks of the emergency surgery centre are:
- emergency surgical visits to the emergency medicine department of the medical centre;
- emergency surgical consultations in the structural units of the medical centre;
- emergency general surgical operations;
- stabilisation of critical patients in the emergency surgery centre;
- consultation and referral of surgical patients to the relevant departments;
- continuous development of training and research and the quality of care;
- supplementing professional treatment guidelines.