Emergency numbers, hospitals and pharmacies


If you need urgent medical treatment at night or at the weekend, go to Notaufnahme (Accident and Emergency) in the nearest hospital or call an emergency doctor (Notarzt).

Emergency doctors are listed in local newspapers under the heading of emergency medical service (Ärztlicher Notdienst or Ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst). You can also call any other doctor - they usually have an automatic answering service detailing of consulting hours and numbers of doctors on call.

Emergency call 112

The emergency numbers in Germany are 110 (Police) and 112 (Fire Brigade & Ambulance). You can dial free of charge from any public call box. Note that you can’t call 112 with a phone without SIM card. Through the 112 number, you can call for an ambulance (Krankenwagen). In an emergency on a major road (motorway, highway, secondary road), look at the white kilometre stones or posts by the side of the road for arrows pointing in the direction of the nearest emergency telephone.

Pharmacies (Apotheken)

If you urgently need medication, the pharmacy emergency section (Apotheken-Notdienst) in local newspapers gives the addresses of the pharmacies open outside normal hours. You can also visit any local pharmacy, which will list the address of the closest open Notdienst in the window or on the door.

Chemists on emergency duty are open all day and all night, you may need to ring a bell for attention out of hours. Extra fees are charged for night and weekend service.

For more information on emergency care in Germany, visit our website on expatriate healthcare and insurance:http://www.expathealth.org  

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