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Department of clinical laboratory

Department of Clinical Laboratory

Clinical Laboratory Technologists will conduct the following tests and exams upon a physician's orders.

  1. Blood and urine tests, testing biological samples for bacteria
  2. Tests to examine physiological function such as EKGs and Ultrasounds
  3. Sampling blood from outpatients

Results are quickly sent back to the physician via computer.

Some types of samples and tests are performed around the clock, and provide vital information to assist in the treatment of patients with emergencies or sudden changes in condition.


Please register for blood or urine tests by putting your hospital card into the blood and urine collection automatic registration machine.

Please hand in your hospital card or test sheet to the No. 2 window at the electrocardiogram examination room for EKGs, and at the respiratory function examination room, Window No. 3 for respiratory function tests.

Please submit your appointment slip at the No. 12 counter of the physiological exam desk for all other physiological examinations. You will be directed the test room.

There are special precautions you will need to be aware of with certain tests, so please read your appointment slip and information slip carefully to prepare.

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Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology


The Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology is made up of three sections: diagnosis, treatment, and management. The diagnostics involve using X-rays or radioisotopes for diagnostic imaging and scans. High energy radiation is used for radiation therapy. We are also responsible for managing the effective and safe use of radiation in medicine.

Recently, in addition to radiation, we also use magnetic fields and electromagnetic waves in MRI scans.

Radioactivity is also used effectively in tests and treatment and we conduct research and development to discover new methods of employing radiation.

At the Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology, we conduct tests, diagnostic imaging, and radiation therapy at the request of physicians.

The diagnostic imaging department is largely divided into examinations that use X-rays and those that do not. Depending on the examination, you may be required to fast before your test.

Scans using X-rays X-rays (Chest, bone), CT scan (overall condition)
Other tests: MR scans, radioisotope examination (PET, and bone scintigraphy)

*CT scans and MRI scans are only available by appointment. In some tests, you may also be administered contrast media.

*To conduct radioisotope scans, we will need to inject you with a radioactive drug beforehand. Testing may require several days so please be forewarned.

The radiotherapy department uses high energy radiation and brachytherapy to treat patients from both inside and outside. Irradiated area requirements and scope will determine which form of treatment is used. Treatment may be possible on an outpatient basis so please consult your primary physician.

Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology website

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Department of Blood Transfusion

Department of Blood Transfusion Department of Blood Transfusion

The Department of Blood Transfusion is responsible for all duties related to blood transfusions.

It tests blood to determine blood groups and other transfusion-related tests, and is responsible for the maintenance of blood products and albumin formulations for use in transfusions. It is also involved in various measures to ensure the proper and safe administration of blood transfusions.

At our hospital we try to ensure that all patients who may require transfusions are tested in advance to determine ABO blood group, Rh blood type, and antigen screening to enable the rapid provision of matching blood when necessary.

In order to maintain the safety of blood transfusions, we also promote autotransfusions, and make time to enable blood storage during outpatient visits to the clinics (Autotransfusion outpatient clinic).

We also collect, measure, and store peripheral blood stem cells to enable hematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy.

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Department of Diagnostic Pathology

Department of Diagnostic Pathology

The Department of Diagnostic Pathology never meets directly with patients, but plays a vital role in conducting microscopic examinations of the lesions that have been sampled from patients in various ways to reach a definitive diagnosis.

Full-time pathologists use highly advanced technology to diagnose various diseases.

The department of Diagnostic Pathology studies cells and tissues sampled at various clinical departments under a microscope to diagnose disease. Pathologists provide a definitive diagnosis and this department plays a very vital clinical role in patient treatment.

If a tumor is involved, a small piece will be sampled through endoscopy and pathologists will study the sample in a test called a biopsy. These pathologists are the ones who actually make the diagnosis. This is called a pathological diagnosis and is considered a highly reliable definitive diagnosis. The diagnosis will provide extremely important information in deciding upon a treatment plan. If surgery is performed, it will be possible to determine just how advanced the tumor happens to be.

Although pathologists never actually meet the patients, they do play an extremely important role in medical treatment. As of 2009, this department has carried the title of Diagnostic Pathology.

Department of Diagnostic Pathology website

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Center for Perinatal Care

Center for Perinatal Care Center for Perinatal Care Center for Perinatal Care Center for Perinatal Care

Obstetricians, pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, and nurses work together to provide high-risk mothers, fetuses, and neonates with the most medically advanced treatment and nursing available on a 24-hour, around the clock basis.

We have a 20-bed capacity for mothers and another 20 cots for newborns. We actively accept hospitalization requests of pregnant women and neonates from other hospitals and obstetric clinics around the country regardless of whether they are from within or outside of Kobe.

We use some of the most advanced medical devices including real time 4D ultrasound diagnostic devices to properly control threatened premature labor, toxemia of pregnancy, and high risk pregnancies such as those involving multiple fetuses. In our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) we perform various life-saving procedures such as dealing with premature low-birthweight neonates weighing under 500g, to those requiring immediate surgery.

In addition, we believe in the importance of keeping mother, family, and newborn in close proximity so we perform breast milk rearing, mother-infant room sharing, kangaroo care, providing mother- and baby-friendly nursing services.

Special ultrasound outpatient clinic

We screen for fetal abnormalities at 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy.

Maternity classes

Classes are held for pregnant mother twice a month. A midwife is the instructor.

Specifics on the maternity classes

Outpatient Breast Clinic

This clinic is to advise breastfeeding mothers after they have given birth and been discharged. Midwives will primarily be responsible for providing guidance.

Happy Duck Club

This is a club of NICU graduates and their families and is for families who have had a baby born prematurely. Gatherings are held once a year.

Obstetrics Department webpage
Pediatrics Department webpage

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Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine Photo Department of Emergency Medicine Photo

The Department of Emergency Medicine, thanks to the backing of all the clinical departments at Kobe University Hospital, is able to accept not only all secondary and tertiary emergency patients, but also all emergency patients who come directly to our hospital.

Initial visit patients and those who arrive in ambulances will be seen by an emergency and critical care physician, while patients who are already patients at our hospital will be seen by physicians of the relevant clinical department. The hospital also has a heliport and is prepared to accept the transport of emergency patients from distant locations.

In case of earthquake or major accident or disaster, we will immediately send out our specially trained disaster medical team (DMAT) to the disaster zone to provide emergency and critical care services on site.

Emergency Patients in serious condition will be prioritized so depending on the severity of your condition, you may be asked to wait before you are seen. We ask for your understanding.

Our emergency room tends to become very crowded at night and during holidays so we ask that you please wait until our regular weekday outpatient clinics are open whenever possible.

Our local emergency medical services are suffering from a serious lack of physicians and are in danger of collapse. We ask that citizens please only use ambulances for true medical emergencies.

Department of Emergency Medicine website

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Department of Critical Care

Department of Critical Care Photo

The Department of Critical Care is a facility where board certified critical care physicians, physicians, and nurses are available on a 24-hour-a-day basis to continuously watch over a patient aimed at recovery from disease symptoms.

Most clinical departments only involve themselves with a single organ system, but the Critical Care Unit cares for the patient as a whole, across all diseases and organ systems to treat acute phase patients with serious disease.

By making use of advanced medical devices such as ventilators and circulatory monitors, this department works in close cooperation with other clinical departments, the pharmacy, and clinical technology department to try to save patients who are in dangerous condition or to remove them from a critical state.

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Department of Surgical Care

Department of Surgical Care Photo

It is said that approximately half of all patients admitted to a university hospital receive surgery. At our hospital in 2009, 13,000 patients were admitted of whom 6700 underwent surgery at our Department of Surgical Care.

Kobe University Hospital is responsible not only for providing advanced medical care, but in terms of our mission to nurture medical professionals, we perform a wide variety of different surgeries including emergency surgeries which account for 14% of all operations at our institution. The Department of Surgical Care has 13 different operating rooms of which 2 are bioclean rooms. We also aggressively perform transplantations and implant (artificial medical device implantation) surgeries.

To perform surgeries safely, we have basic regulations in place. These include checking patient identity, infection countermeasures, and other medical safety checks which are adequately cleared so that our patients can all feel safe in undergoing surgery at our institution. There are many check mechanisms in place.

Various important practices such as timeouts (checks where medical staff cooperate to confirm the surgical procedure and patient side (whether the disease in on the left or right side)) have been in place at our hospital long before they became common practice and we strive to provide reliable surgical medical treatment.

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Department of Rehabilitation

Department of Rehabilitation

The Department of Rehabilitation at Kobe University Hospital offers various forms of physical therapy, primarily for patients in the acute phase of their hospital stay in cooperation with all the clinical departments so that the patient will be able to return to society and their normal functionality as soon as possible.

After discharge, we assist patients who require physical therapy through the Patients Support Center so that they will be able to continue their rehabilitation at local medical institutions.

Staff at the Department of Rehabilitation:
  • Physicians: 7, Physical therapists: 10, Occupational therapists: 3, Speech therapist: 2
  • Graduate School of Health Sciences Physicians: 1, physical therapist: 2, occupational therapist: 1
  • Part-time employees Physical therapist: 1, occupational therapist: 1
Facility standards
  • Cerebrovascular disease rehabilitation I
  • Locomotor training I
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation I
  • Cardiac rehabilitation I

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Nephrology & Dialysis Center

Nephrology & Dialysis Center

The Nephrology & Dialysis Center is where we perform apheresis, primarily hemodialysis (HD).

Apheresis is probably an unfamiliar term. When the cause of a disease (or something related to the cause) is present in (or missing from) the blood, we try to remove it, or add a missing element to the blood in an attempt to resolve the disease.

Renal failure, the most common indication for apheresis. For this reason, we perform HD or peritoneal dialysis in patients with end stage renal failure. We treat a wide range of patients from those with abnormal renal function to those with acute renal failure, to treating complications of long-term dialysis, and patients who are admitted for surgery.

Other specific diseases that are indications for hemodialysis include the following. Refractory nephrotic syndrome, severe acute pancreatitis, multiple myeloma, macroglobulinemia, fulminant hepatitis, acute drug toxicity, Myasthenia gravis, malignant rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, severe blood type-incompatible pregnancy, postoperative hepatic failure, acute hepatic failure, multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, pemphigus, pemphigoid, Focal glomerulosclerosis, hemolytic-uremic syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, obstructive arteriosclerosis, toxic epidermal necrosis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Hemophilia with acquired inhibitor, ABO blood group incompatible or acquired lymphocytic antibody positive allogenic kidney transplantation, chronic hepatitis C, hepatic coma, endotoxinemia, ulcerative colitis, are the diseases for which hemodialysis is indicated (As of April 1, 2008).

In addition, actual treatment methods for these diseases including acute or chronic renal failure,

  • Hepatic failure where renal or hepatic function is compromised, which leads to a buildup inside the body of substances which need to be removed by hemodialysis (HD) or peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), hemodialysis Filtration, or Blood Filtration.
  • Autoimmune diseases where immune imbalances require the removal of autoimmune antibodies and abnormal globulins through plasmapheresis, double filtration plasma pheresis (DFPP), and immunoadsorption.
  • Leukocytapheresis: LCAP and Granulocytapheresis: GCAP in diseases such as ulcerative colitis where leukocytes mediated inflammation is related to the disease process.
  • Selective removal of endotoxins using endotoxin adsorption in patients with endotoxin-mediated septic shock.

We aim to provide a highly advanced medical team effort that works in congruence with physicians, particularly nephrologists, nurses, clinical engineering technologists and primary physicians in the hospital to deal with the indications for these treatments.

This center, as a principle, will only see inpatients who have been admitted to this hospital.

In diseases where blood purification therapy is indicated, there are many conditions that must be fulfilled for each disease state, so please consult your current primary physician. (In this case, we do not have an outpatient clinic for hemodialysis, so you will have to consult our Nephrology department)

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Coronary Care Unit

Coronary Care Unit

The Coronary Care Unit was established in 1997. It has been involved in aggressive emergency and critical care of seriously ill cardiac patients with severe cardiovascular diseases. Patients in this unit include those with angina pectoris who require cardiac catheterization therapy, and those with acute myocardial infarction, acute heart failure, severe arrhythmias, and pulmonary embolism. This unit works closely with the Cardiovascular Surgery department and in addition to performing cardiac catheterization diagnosis and treatment regularly, a cardiologist is available around the clock to administer emergency medical care, striving to provide the best treatment possible.

Diagnostic catheterization is, as a rule performed the day after admission through the artery in your wrist (radial artery). If no abnormal findings are discovered, then you will be released the following day. If there are stenotic findings, you will receive transcatheter treatment 2 to 3 days later. Testing time takes approximately 30 minutes, hospitalization for tests are usually for 3 days, but if you are also scheduled to receive treatment, it may take a week. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate your choice regarding the date of admission. In addition, it is also possible to ask Radiology to perform screening for coronary stenosis using contrast-enhanced CT on an outpatient basis.

As forms of advanced medical treatment, the clinical application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) which provides an outstandingly high resolution image, virtual histology (VH) using intravascular ultrasound, and excimer laser light angioplasty (highly advanced medical treatment) being applied. The motto of our entire hospital staff is to provide our patients with the best possible treatment and show our sincerity towards their families.

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Department of Endoscopic Medicine

Department of Endoscopic Medicine

This department is primarily involved in the endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of diseases falling under gastrointestinal endoscopy, and respiratory endoscopy.

In particular, with regard to gastrointestinal (esophageal, gastric, duodenal, small intestinal, and colonic) tumors, if the tumors are early stage cancers limited to the superficial tissues, it is possible to completely cure these cancers by removal with endoscopic resection alone, so we are quite aggressive in this form of therapy.

Most cases of gastrointestinal hemorrhage such as hematemesis or melena are due to ulcers or gastrointestinal varicosities which require emergency treatment, so we respond to these situations regardless of whether it is night or day or a holiday.

In addition, we also dilate gastrointestinal tracts that have narrowed for whatever reason.

We also try to minimize patient stress in gastrointestinal surgical treatments by employing laparoscopic surgery whenever possible.

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Department of Clinical Genetics

Department of Clinical Genetics

The Department of Clinical Genetics deals comprehensively with the medical treatment of heredity and gene issues by performing genetic consultations, genetic diagnosis, and genetic treatment.

Genetic consultations include consulting on the various issues involved with having genetic or chromosomal aberrations. There are cases where these consultations will lead to a need for prenatal diagnoses.

Genetic diagnosis is involved in diagnosing genes for diseases such as muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

Genetic therapy involves treatment of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy with antisenseoligonucleotides and genetic therapy for prostate cancer.

The three pillars of medical treatment in the Department of Clinical Genetics are genetic consultation, genetic diagnosis, and gene treatment. If you are experiencing any issues dealing with heredity, please feel free to consult us. A clinical geneticist will be available to consult with you.

An appointment can be made in advance through our Community Healthcare Promotion Office by your local medical facility.

Department of Clinical Genetics website

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Department of Infection Control and Prevention

Department of Infection Control and Prevention

Patients who are hospitalized may develop infections in addition to their original illness. As part of medical treatment, patients are required to undergo various procedures on a daily basis such as surgery and examinations which may place a burden on the patient's health.

Human bodies are not bacteria-free so there is a concern that patients may suffer complications such as infection with bacteria that the patient is already in contact with. The Department of Infection Control and Prevention tries to prevent healthcare associated infections before they occur. They have a system which enable them to receive rapid information from each clinical department, has anti-infective measures in place such as hand washing, and protection. In addition to performing surveillance, it strives to prevent the spread of disease that comes from outside such as tuberculosis or measles.

Every day, our department receives reports from the Department of Clinical Laboratory on the types of bacteria that have been isolated, and during regular rounding, strives to prevent infections through continuous discussions with other clinical departments. It also promotes inoculation with vaccines.

The Department of Infection Control and Prevention functions as the driving force in a hospital responsible for medical treatment in a safe and reliable manner through teamwork with medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, clinical laboratory technologists and office staff.

Department of Infection Control and Prevention website

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International Patient Center

International Patient Center

The International Patient Center was established on October 1st, 2001 so that foreign nationals living in Japan could receive the top level of medical care.

Medical treatment support is available in foreign languages other than Japanese (such as English) to patients who request this assistance.

As of 2012, we also provide health consultation for those going abroad, provision of necessary vaccinations, preparation of certificates of diagnosis and proofs in English, and dealing with health issues at the time of return to Japan (fever and diarrhea). Specialists in infectious diseases and travel medicine are available to support your travels abroad as well as life abroad.

-Contact us
International Patient Center Reception (Outpatient building 1F, Same reception desk as the Comprehensive Internal Medicine counter)
TEL: 078-382-6598

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Department of Mental Health for Children and Parents

Department of Mental Health for Children and Parents

This is a clinical department that deals with issues involving the mind and development of children from neonates through adolescence.

Primary target diseases include eating disorders, school refusal, psychosomatic disorders such as tics, orthostatic intolerance, and enuresis, developmental disorders such as pervasive developmental disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disorder, and stress-related disorders such as PTSD and interpersonal fear, and familial dysfunction such as maternity anxiety and battered child syndrome.

From a psychosocial standpoint, we conduct treatment based on physical and psychiatric development, and through cooperation with education and welfare sectors, attempt to support the healthy nurturing of these children.

All of these services are by appointment only.

For initial visits, please place an appointment in advance via your current medical facility through theCommunity Healthcare Promotion Office.

Department of Mental Health for Children and Parents website

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Center for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine

Department of Critical Care

Patients at the Center for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine can be divided into three groups. Those in the S-ICU who are primarily high risk post-operative and transplantation patients, the M-ICU where those who have developed severe infections while in the Medical Ward or in the acute phase of impaired consciousness, or those with respiratory or circulatory disturbances who require artificial ventilation or continuous monitoring are treated, and the E-ICU where emergency room patients are admitted.

All ICUs are operated so that patients receive a highly specialized form of medical care using the newest facilities and the serious patient bio information management system.

All rooms are for single patient use with doors that open completely, and although patient privacy is respected, the room enables rigorous intensive care and systemic management by physicians from each medical department together with highly considerate nursing.

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Cancer Center

The Cancer Center aims to assist in providing patients who have cancer with the best possible medical care possible.At our hospital, various Clinical departments will be involved in the treatment depending on the patient's condition and type of disease. However, all patients can receive care at the Cancer Center regardless of which department they are consulting.

In addition, although patients have no opportunity to see them in action, it oversees the pharmacotherapy management committee which aims to maintain the quality of the pharmacotherapy conducted in the hospital. It also holds a tumor board which studies which type of cancer treatment is best when medical staff from various clinical departments are involved. In addition, it arranges for educational activities for the staff members involved in cancer treatment, and includes a cancer registry office which contributes to the improvement of cancer medical care by statistically analyzing patient trends.

Cancer Center webpage

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Department of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition

Nutritional Management, Cook and chill vacuum cooking system, and special menus have been implemented to provide better services for inpatients based on their medical conditions.

The Nutrition and Electrolyte Support Team (NEST) takes the lead in cooperating with other professions to improve patient nutritional status.

For patients with lifestyle-related disease, the staff provides a 5-lesson series (including motivation for diet control, knowledge and techniques, and psychological approaches that enable long-term adherence to control). We can also provide individually customized consultations for patients.

Those wishing nutritional consultations will need a request form from their primary physicians so please ask your doctor in advance.

Department of Nutrition webpage

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Outpatient chemotherapy Room

Outpatient chemotherapy room Outpatient chemotherapy room

The Outpatient Chemotherapy Room first opened on December 6, 2004.

Before that time, chemotherapy treatment had been provided at the individual outpatient clinics, but currently, with the exception of Pediatrics, all patients are integrated into using this room.

Outpatient chemotherapy room functions include chemotherapy(intravenous administration, intravenous infusions, intramuscular injections, subcutaneous injections (e.g. interferon), arterial injection, and intrathecal injection)Remicade (anti-TNFα antibody) administration, and adjuvant therapy for chemotherapy.

As a rule, of the adjuvant therapies, blood transfusions, antibiotic administration in case of fever, tests, and procedures are performed in the treatment rooms of each clinical department. We do our best to provide safe and comfortable treatments to our patients.

The entire staff strives to provide the best possible treatment, but there are times, depending on the dates or times where some crowding occurs and patients suffer some inconvenience as a result. In the future, we are considering the possibility of expanding our rooms and in the meantime we ask for your patience and understanding.

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Department of Nursing

Department of Nursing

Department of Nursing is tasked with the role of supporting patients who come to our hospital to ensure that inpatients and their families are safe and comfortable while receiving medical treatment here and during their convalescence.

We strive to continue our efforts to enhance the specialization and quality of our nursing as befits a university hospital involved in the provision of advanced medical care.

While providing patient-focused team medical care, our goal is to fully demonstrate the roles of nursing and to become a hospital where patients come to us based on the high quality of the nursing.

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Department of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy is on the first (ground) floor of the outpatient building. In order to support proper drug treatment, the pharmacy conducts the management of pharmaceuticals, supply, and provision of drug information, also providing patients with guidance on taking their medications.

All of our work is undertaken with full consideration of the patient's perspective, to ensure safety and efficacy of the medications we provide.

We also strive to improve the patient’s quality of life.

If you have any concerns regarding your medications, please feel free to ask one of our staff pharmacists at the pharmacy counter.

Department of Pharmacy webpage

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Department of Medical Technology Support

Department of Medical Technology Support was established to improve medical services for the patients by managing the medical technology staff who provide support for our medical treatment.

Department of Medical Technology Support is made up of the following five units, each run by specialized personnel

  1. Laboratory test unit
    Laboratory test technologist, medical technologist
  2. Center for Radiology and Radiation Oncology
    Radiological technologist
  3. Physical therapy, dentistry unit
    Physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, orthoptist, psychiatric social workers, clinical psychologist, dental hygienist, and dental technicians.
  4. Clinical engineering department
    Clinical engineering technologist
  5. Department of Nutrition
    Registered dietician, dietician

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Center for Clinical Research

Center for Clinical Research

In order to bring new drugs to Patients, it is essential to have cooperation from the patients who participate in the clinical studies also known as clinical trials. All of the drugs that our patients are currently taking were once tested in clinical trials to confirm their efficacy and safety before receiving approval.

Clinical trials stress ethics and safety of patients above all else as they study these drug candidates to determine their efficacy, safety, absorption, metabolism and excretion after ingestion, and the most appropriate dose for use. This process is called drug discovery and development, and the expression includes not only treatment, but also the concept that this is a form of research.

The Center for Clinical Research is involved not only in clinical trials, but the effects of a drug after it has been marketed, or to find a more appropriate use for the drug, contributing to drug fostering and evolution. Various activities are undertaken towards this goal.

Center for Clinical Research website

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Center for Patient Support (Community Healthcare Promotion Office, Discharge Support Office)

Center for Patient Support (Community Healthcare Promotion Office, Discharge Support Office) was established in July, 2004 and aims to promote better cooperation with community medical facilities in an efficient and ethical manner.The center houses the Community Healthcare Promotion Office which accepts patients who have been referred to us (front cooperation), and the discharge support office which supports patient through their discharge from the hospital (back cooperation).

【Community Healthcare Promotion Office Duties】

  1. Accepts appointments and faxes for patient referrals from outside medical institutions in the community.
  2. ├Outpatients seeking a Second Opinion
  3. Management of referrals and reverse referrals
  4. Promotional activities towards local medical institutions in the community
  5. Cooperative medical lectures

【Discharge Support Office Duties】

  1. Support inpatients through discharge proceedings (hospital transfer support, entry into care facilities, and transition to home healthcare).
  2. Support in transitioning to Palliative Care
  3. Supporting outpatients(home doctor, visiting nurse in collaboration)
  4. Adjusting collaboration with social welfare institutions
  5. Consulting on cancer and HIV
  6. Assisting in consultations regarding socioeconomic issues
  7. Joint conferences with community representatives

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Outpatient nursing consultation

Outpatient nursing consultation room

At our hospital, in order for our patients to feel confident about their lives once they leave the hospital, we provide a special consultation nursing service for patients coming to the hospital on an outpatient status. A nurse will provide you with advice on nursing the patient to full health after leaving the hospital.If you would like to use the outpatient nursing consultation service please feel free to ask your nurse any questions you may have.

We would like to wholeheartedly support you in any way we can.
We look forward to having you come in for a consultation.

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Department of Patient Safety and Quality Management

Medical Risk Management Room

Department of Patient Safety and Quality Management is a department that manages the medical safety system of the entire hospital to provide patients with safe and effective medical care.

Reports from each medical section, patient consultation service, in-hospital suggestion box are reviewed and countermeasures are considered.

Each section is checked regularly and medical safety lectures are planned. These activities help to protect patients and healthcare professional from medical accidents, and the system is updated on a daily level to help to ensure a higher level of safety

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Palliative Care Team

Our hospital has been designated the community cancer treatment cooperative base hospital, and in addition to aggressively treating cancers, is tasked with providing a high level of Palliative Care as well.

The objective in Palliative Care is to realize the patient and patient family vision in maintaining Quality of Life (QOL) as closely as possible.Palliative care is not something to start after cancer treatment is over. It can and should be instituted at the same time as cancer treatment. The Palliative Care team will deal with the various physical and psychological issues during cancer treatment. For example, we try to help patients continue with their treatment even while dealing with pain and anxiety.

Outpatients are asked to register between 9:30 to 11:30 AM on Thursdays at the Anesthesiology/Pain Clinic outpatient clinic. If you wish to consult a physician regarding Palliative Care, please visit the Anesthesiology Pain Clinic outpatient reception

【Primary responsibilities】

  • Alleviating painful symptoms of the mind and body
  • Holding educational activities for hospital staff on Palliative Care

【Palliative Care Team Members】

  • Physicians responsible for relieving physical distress such as pain
  • Physicians responsible for relieving psychological distress such as depression
  • Nurses responsible for Palliative Care
  • Pharmacists responsible for providing information on drugs and making adjustments to medications
  • Physicians responsible for the oral care of patients

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Health Evaluation Research Office (HERO)


The Health Evaluation Research Office was established inside Kobe University Hospital in order to develop and standardize reliable evaluation technology and to deal with the two social needs of preventing an excessive elevation in medical costs and to deal with the rise of a health-centric culture. The goal is to create a new evaluation system for healthcare from a totally different perspective than the treatment-focused research and development centered on drugs and medical devices. In this way to contribute to the building of a society where all people can enjoy a healthy and long life.

【Research activities】

At this center, various research activities are developing on a broad scale aimed at the expansion of regulatory science in healthcare.

  1. Research and development of novel evaluation technology and biomarkers that are necessary for the diagnosis of predisease states and ultra early stage discovery of diseases.
  2. Application of the evaluation techniques and knowhow to health effects corroboration using the knowledge from the evaluation of drugs and medical devices accumulated within the medical research departments of KUH.
  3. To teach and train people involved in regulatory science in healthcare.

【Industry-academia collaboration initiatives】

With support from the Center for Collaborative Research and Technology Development, this center will be actively involved in collaborations with industry at all stages of research and development.

  1. To gather evidence on various health-related products and services.
  2. Support in designing demonstration tests regarding beneficial effects on health
  3. Implementation of clinical and nonclinical studies.

Health Evaluation Research office website

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