In emergencies you are entitled to receive emergency medical care, such as dental treatment, mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment at any public healthcare unit in Finland. Emergency treatment refers to the immediate assessment and treatment required in the case of sudden illness, injury, worsening of a long-term illness or deterioration of functional ability.
If your ailment is not immediately life-threatening, but it does require urgent examination and treatment, seek medical attention at your designated health centre during office hours. Call the health centre´s emergency telephone advice service, which will assess your situation, provide treatment instructions according to need and refer you to other units. Non-emergency treatment can always be postponed without an illness or injury becoming worse, while emergency care cannot be delayed.
The municipality or hospital district must provide a 24-hour on-call service for the provision of emergency treatment. These 24-hour emergency clinics usually operate in conjunction with hospitals. A patient admitted on an emergency basis is transferred for follow-up treatment, which is determined on the basis of his or her municipality of residence.