Occupational health care services
The occupational health care unit at Salo Health Centre provides occupational health care services for workplaces and entrepreneurs located in the health centre area.
Content of occupational health care
Statutory occupational health care includes assessing the health conditions at the workplace as required, providing information about health risks and guidance in avoiding them, initial examinations and periodic examinations in work that is hazardous to the health, and monitoring of injured employees and their referral to rehabilitation or treatment. If necessary, occupational health care also provides guidance in maintaining first aid preparedness. Companies can purchase general practitioner-level health care services for their employees.
The occupational health station (Salo, Halikko, Perniö) employs five occupational health physicians, ten occupational health care nurses, two occupational physiotherapists, two occupational psychologists, four reception nurses and an office secretary. The services of a nutrition therapist and diabetes nurse are also available at our health centre. We work closely with the rehabilitation unit and physiatrist at the health centre. Examination and treatment services are purchased from the private health care sector if necessary.
Two of our occupational health station doctors are specialists in occupational health care and one is currently specialising in the same discipline. Our occupational health station has been approved as a training location for the University of Turku´s specialist training.
Occupational health care operates as an independent service unit within the health centre organisation.
Occupational health care has a functional information processing system with Internet connections and a health reporting system (EFFICA). The system ensures that the occupational health station has immediate access to the results of examinations and tests performed in the health centre and first aid clinic. Laboratory tests are purchased from the TYKSLAB and x-ray services mainly from the Salo branch of the Southwest Finland medical imaging unit. Some laboratory tests and sinus ultrasounds are also performed at the occupational health station. The IT system provides the opportunity to monitor sick leave granted at the health centre and occupational health station. Monitoring reporting is conducted in the manner agreed with the employer and maintains the confidentiality of information stored at the health station.
Activities to maintain working ability
Diverse activities and group guidance aimed at maintaining working ability are arranged at workplaces in a jointly planned manner. Activities to maintain working ability utilise other health centre specialists as expert advisers. The health station works with the local Kela office to arrange early rehabilitation. Occupational health care has worked with Salo´s Sports Services department for years to activate employees in their physical and sports activities.
The Occupational Health Station is open Mon-Thu, 7 am-4 pm and Fri, 7 am-3 pm. During busy periods, the occupational health station observes extended hours. The public health nurse receives acute patients every morning from 7 am-11 am without an appointment and Monday noon-3 pm by appointment. Appointments with a doctor have to be booked in advance. Urgent cases are treated on a same-day basis according to the severity of the illness, however; an appointment should also be made by phone in these cases.
Invoicing is carried out on a monthly basis according to the fee rates. An employee-specific annual fee is also charged, usually during the spring. Applications to Kela for compensation for paid fees are submitted at the end of the financial period. Kela compensation covers 60% of the cost of preventive activities and 50% of the cost of necessary and reasonable medical treatment.
Salo Health Centre observes the principle of continuous quality monitoring and development work. As a result of this work, Qualitor Oy granted the health centre a three-year quality recognition certificate on 22 November 2002, which is based on a quality evaluation performed with the SHQS (Social and Health Quality Service) programme. The certificate was renewed on 21 December 2006.
Further information is available from Chief Physician Pentti Haavisto, Occupational Health Care Unit Supervisor,