State-of-the-art medical facilities and quality care


There are a number of public hospitals ensuring high quality medical care throughout the canton of Vaud. The main one is the CHUV (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois - Lausanne University Hospital) in Lausanne.

The biggest hospital in the canton of Vaud enjoys an international reputation for excellence and is one of the most important establishments in the whole of Switzerland. It has a dual role:

  • It acts as a general university hospital for people living in the Lausanne area, covering all areas of medical treatment.
  • It also serves as a hospital offering acute and specialist care for the whole population of the canton de Vaud and parts of French-speaking Switzerland.

The university hospital complex in Lausanne plays a leading role in numerous fields (burns, organ transplants, oncology, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, ophthalmology, psychiatric neuroscience, etc.). It is involved in research activities and clinical trials of new therapies tested around Switzerland, Europe or the world.

In terms of education and research, the hospital has close links with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne.

Private clinics

The canton of Vaud, and notably the Vaud Riviera, is famous for its private clinics, which attract a clientele from throughout the world. Surrounded by the mountains or right by the lakeside, they provide top quality care in the kind of quiet setting appreciated during a stay in hospital or a period of convalescence.

The dozen or so private clinics in the canton of Vaud cover all medical fields, with some of them specialising in cardiovascular disease, anti-ageing, plastic and reconstructive surgery and re-education. Most are equipped to welcome international patients.


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