Kurt Wallander is an outpatient at Ystad Hospital (Lasarettet) where they treat him for diabetes and stress. It is also here that his colleague Svedberg’s cousin Ylva Brink works as a midwife. Mrs Brink is a key witness in The Fifth Woman.
In the film The Darkness (Swe film) young girls are abused by various men and in a dramatic scene, one of the girls, Tove - who is cared for at the hospital after trying to commit suicide - is forcibly removed from her ward and taken up to the hospital roof to be silenced for ever.
It is also here Kurts father Påvel is comitted, after walking alongside the E65 confused and unkempt. Passing Polish guest workers take him to the hospital and at the hospital the father is taken care of - together with his paintings.