West Iceland Healthcare Centre

West Iceland Healthcare Centre (HVE) was established on 1 January 2010. The Healthcare Centre came into being with the merger of eight health institutions in West Iceland:

  • Akranes Hospital and Health Centre
  • Borgarnes Health Centre   
  • Búðardalur Health Centre   
  • Grundarfjörður Health Centre   
  • Hólmavík Health Centre   
  • Hvammstangi Health Centre   
  • Ólafsvík Health Centre   
  • Stykkishólmur Health Centre and the St Francis Hospital

West Iceland Healthcare Centre employs approximately 440 people, and its budget for 2011 amounted to ISK 2.9bn.
The Healthcare Centre serves a population of almost 18,000. Its operational area also includes many holiday cottages, while a large number of patients seeking treatment in Akranes and Stykkishólmur were resident outside the Healthcare Centre’s service area.


The role of the West Iceland Healthcare Centre is to provide general and specialist health services in the West Iceland region in compliance with current legislation and regulations. The services will extend to residents in the region and others seeking them.The Healthcare Centre attaches great importance to respect, trust and professionalism.The welfare of patients is paramount.


The Healthcare Centre’s values:

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Professionalism


Health services

According to Article 4 of Act No. 40/2007 on health services, health centre services cover general treatments, nursing, preventive measures and health protection, accident and emergency facilities and other services. The following basic services are available in all health centres in the region:

  • Medical practice services
  • Nursing services
  • Home nursing
  • Prenatal care
  • Child health services
  • School health services
  • Preventive measures and health protection
  • Round-the-clock services

Hospital services in West Iceland

Hospital and specialist services are available in four of the Healthcare Centre’s eight health centres.

  • HVE Akranes has four wards: surgical ward, gynaecology ward, medical ward and geriatric ward. Day-patient care is provided in the surgical, gynaecological, medical and treatment departments and in the accident and operating rooms alongside general day-care services provided by specialists.
  • HVE Hólmavík has nursing wards and an emergency room.
  • HVE Hvammstangi has nursing wards and an emergency room.
  • HVE Stykkishólmur has a specialist 5-day ward for neck and back patients alongside a nursing ward and an emergency room.


Telephone numbers

West Iceland Healthcare Centre
Head Office Merkigerði 9
300 Akranes
Tel. 432 1000
Fax 432 1001


HVE Akranes

Merkigerði 9
300 Akranes
Tel.: 432 1000
Switchboard open 07:45–19:00 on working days.
Accident department open 08:00–16:00 on working days – 24-hour emergency service in the surgical ward.


HVE Borgarnes

Borgarbraut 65
310 Borgarnes
Tel.: 432 1430
Open 08:00–16:00 on working days.


HVE Búdardalur

Gunnarsbraut 2
370 Búdardalur
Tel.: 432 1450
Open 09:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00 on working days.

HVE Grundarfjördur

Hrannarstíg 7
350 Grundarfjördur
Tel. 432 1350
Open 08:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00 on working days.


HVE Hólmavík

Borgabraut 6–8
510 Hólmavík
Tel. 432 1400
Open 09:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00 on working days.


HVE Hvammstangi

Spítalastíg 1
530 Hvammstangi
Tel. 432 1300
Open 08:00–12:00 and 12:30–16:00 on working days.

HVE Ólafsvík

Engihlíð 28
355 Ólafsvík
Tel. 432 1360
Open 08:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00 on working days.

HVE Stykkishólmur

Austurgötu 7
340 Stykkishólmur
Tel. 432 1200
Switchboard 08:00–16:00 on working days.




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