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The activities of Vogur the SAA detox-center and hospital have undergone significant changes since the founding of the organization and the role which SAA clinics play in the Icelandic health sector has expanded steadily. When the organization moved its base of operation to Vogur Hospital in 1983-1984 the scope of SAA´s activities became even more comprehensive. With over two thousand admissions a year, emergency admissions have grown more frequent. Both medical doctors and health care organizations have taken advantage of these services by increasingly referring their patients to SAA. The percentage of patients suffering from acute illnesses or excessive drunkenness has increased. Vogur Hospital has developed over the years into an effective medical institution where twenty-four hour medical service is offered and a medical staff is on the alert at all hours. There are now four medical doctors employed at Vogur Hospital, and seven nurses are on the staff to assist in the detoxification of patients, in addition to seven other staff members in paramedical capacities. Along with detoxification, the patients are introduced to a treatment program to help them achieve long-term abstinence.
Since 1998 the hospital has been refurbished and new buildings have been added. On January 1, 2000 a new hospital ward for young patients was inaugurated. In June 2014 a new ward with six new rooms for eleven patients was inaugurated.
Valgerdur Runarsdottir, MD, is the Chief Medical Director of SAA. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org