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Medical emergencies in the Netherlands

Medical emergencies in the Netherlands

In the case of an emergency, call 112 for an ambulance. At the hospital, accident and emergency is SEH (Spoedeisende Hulp), or you can go to first aid EHBO (Eerste Hulp Bij Ongelukken).

What to do in case of medical emergency

Try calling your doctor (GP) first in the case of urgent matters, as they can alert the hospital that you are coming and what treatment you may need.

If your GP is not available, then you should call the Huisartsenpost (family doctor post) in case the matter is something that can be handled without involving hospital care. Contact details vary in each region. To check yours, internet search "huisartsenpost" with your city name.

Central Doctor's Service

You can call the Central Doctors’ Service on +31 (0) 20 592 34 34 if you do not need an ambulance, but are in urgent need of medical advice and:

  • You are not registered with a GP
  • You cannot reach your GP, or
  • It is out of hours

The help line is open evenings, weekends and public holidays.

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