At Fukuoka University Hospital our goal is to make constant progress, and we are always thinking about how we can contribute to society through high-quality healthcare. As COVID-19 has been reclassified as a Class 5 infectious disease, social activities have resumed as before. Here at Fukuoka University Hospital, we are working to restore full-scale medical activities. We post a variety of information about the hospital on our website, so please make use of this in your healthcare.
The Fukuoka University Faculty of Medicine was established on April 1, 1972, and the hospital opened on August 4, 1973. Nearly half a century has passed since we started serving as a core hospital for regional medical care. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the hospital's opening. The hospital has 915 beds, and approximately 2000 staff members, mainly in our 23 clinical departments, 14 clinical divisions, and 18 clinical support divisions, who work together to provide patient-centered medicine based on the hospital's policy of “warm-hearted medical care”.
In January 2011, a new medical treatment building was opened and some outpatient departments and wards were relocated there. Our new main building, whose construction began in October 2021, is scheduled to open in May 2024.
Our institution includes the Heart Center, Stroke Center, Cancer Center, Respiratory Center, Perinatal Medical Center, Pediatric Medical Center, Gastroenterology Center, Women's Medical Center, Cardiac rehabilitation Center and Musculoskeletal, Spine and Spinal Cord Center (Orthopaedic Surgery Center), making it easier for patients to see doctors.
In addition, the Tumor Center has been renamed the Fukuoka University Cancer Center to emphasize the scope of the care it provides, and we are also enhancing the functions of our vital Genetic Medicine Department, including genetic counseling. The Perioperative Management Center, which supports patients who are hospitalized for surgery, has been expanded to comprehensively manage medical treatment and test guidance, and integrated into the "Admission and Discharge Support Center" to further improve safety and efficiency.
Reliable tests lead to medical safety. Our ISO15189-certified testing provides patients with high-quality results. In addition to high-precision radiation therapy equipment, the hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment for highly accurate images. The Department of Pathology also joined the ISO certification in January 2021 and is ISO-certified to international standards. In addition, the equipment in the central blood collection department has been newly updated to ensure smooth operation. In November 2022, the medical image management system (picture archiving and communication system or “PACS”) was updated to incorporate AI diagnosis. We are also equipped with state-of-the-art treatment equipment such as high-precision radiotherapy equipment.
Our Perinatal Medical Center is the one of the leading facilities in Western Japan and is one of the major features of this hospital. It consists of three departments: obstetrics, neonatal medicine and neonatal surgery. In the field of surgery, we perform not only minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries, but also a large number of robotic-assisted surgeries, employing the latest model (da Vinci Xi) for a variety of diseases. A second da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system, using the latest model (the da Vinci Xi), was introduced in November 2022, and these devices are being used to perform surgeries for many diseases. In addition, we have a solid track record in organ transplantation treatment such as lung transplantation, corneal transplantation, renal transplantation, and transplant medicine, including regenerative transplantation such as pancreatic islet transplantation, which is one of the features of our hospital. To save precious lives, we have performed many transplants even during the three years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the introduction in January 2021 of the latest radiation therapy equipment, we provide highly accurate, minimally invasive cancer treatments such as stereotactic radiotherapy. A hybrid operating room, opened in the spring of 2021, has been in operation for various procedures, including minimally invasive cardiovascular catheter treatment (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, stent graft therapy, and MitraClip therapy for mitral valve incompetence) by the Department of Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and Department of Anesthesiology.
Please visit the pages of our clinical departments to see the unique state-of-the-art medical treatments provided by each one.
Our Community Health Care Center has worked tirelessly to strengthen cooperation and collaboration with referring hospitals. The Center has held medical seminars for local residents to deepen our ties with the community. However, due to restrictions on face-to-face meetings caused by factors such as the new coronavirus, we have not been able to take full advantage of this opportunity, but we will continue to do so as much as possible in a hybrid format that incorporates online and other communication methods.
Our hospital has been designated as a Secondary Emergency Medical Facility. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the General Medical Department, the Critical Care and Emergency Center and each medical department all work together to ensure that requests from local hospitals and emergency services for medical treatment are never refused. We have introduced the “Fast Medical Response Car”, or FMRC, which allows us to respond on request, rushing to the scene of emergencies to provide medical care to practice “aggressive first aid” with early diagnosis and early treatment. In July 2021, the ECMO Center for the treatment of patients with severe respiratory failure was opened, and in October, we introduced the ECMO car, making it a core facility in the Kyushu area for medical treatment and educational activities.
We also have a DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team), and, as a core hospital facility, have set up systems to meet our responsibilities in the unlikely event of a large-scale disaster.
We offer consultation desks to help reduce the anxieties and concerns of our patients. Our expert counselors provide support regarding medical expenses, problems affecting daily life, and the balance between treatment and work. Every day we also handle consultations concerning referrals to local medical institutions, the various services of the insurance and support expense system, cancer support, and nutrition (with a registered dietitian). Please take advantage of these services.
For an additional charge, our Care Support Set combines rental items (such as hospital gowns and towels) with a laundry service, as well as daily necessities such as toiletries, so you can arrive empty handed when you are hospitalized. We also offer the special “Taste of Itoshima” menu (extra charge), prepared with fresh ingredients from Itoshima in the western part of Fukuoka Prefecture.We will continue to strive to create a medical environment where patients can comfortably focus on their treatment, and we welcome your comments.
The Fukudai Medical Hall is a theater-type facility that can be used for the education of the hospital staff and medical faculty, as well as interaction with the local community. In March 2021, the facility was renovated to include equipment with full-screen 4K capability, an acoustic environment, and web conferencing support. We are looking forward to welcoming many visitors to our new facility, which is now equipped with a comfortable environment. The hospital is located in a corner of the Fukuoka University campus, which is currently undergoing improvements, so we hope you will visit the hospital and experience the new Fukuoka University.
Complete hospital safety can only be ensured with individual effort. That is why it is essential to establish systems that support safety. Our goal is to be the safest hospital in Japan by operating a Medical Safety Department under the direct control of the Hospital Director.
One of the important roles of university hospitals is to train exceptional medical personnel. I believe it is important to train medical personnel with a good balance of attitude, skills, knowledge, and values. Therefore, it is necessary to provide consistent education both before and after graduation, and proactive support for those with ambition.
We will continue to strive to provide warm-hearted healthcare and high quality medical treatment to everyone.
The hospital is accessible by subway, bus, or car. By taking the Fukuoka City Subway Nanakuma Line, the hospital is now directly accessible from Hakata Station. The extension provides a direct route from Hakata to Fukudaimae Station, reducing the travel time to 20 minutes. This makes it much more convenient to reach the hospital from the JR lines, the Shinkansen (bullet train), and the airport. The extension to Hakata Station also improves the connection from Tenjin Station. Fukudaimae Station is linked directly to the hospital.