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Hospitals & admission

Most healthcare centres and hospitals operate Accident & Emergency departments and services provided all year round.

 

The emergency number 112 answers all calls relating to emergencies and requests for assistance and is responsible for all emergency services, 24/7 all year round.

 

Click here to find the nearest healthcare centre.

 

Admission to hospital can only happen with the intervention of a doctor. However, in emergency cases, patients may go directly to a hospital. Those with social security (health insurance) are entitled to free hospital accommodation.

 

Healthcare centres throughout Iceland operate a family-doctor shift service. In Greater Reykjavik, this service is known as Læknavaktin and can be reached by phone on 1770. For children, you can also contact the Children’s Medical Helpline at Domus Medica on 563 1010.

 

Ambulances transport injured and ill people who are unable to transport themselves. The emergency number throughout Iceland is 112.

Medical services outside regular opening hours

Healthcare centre doctors in rural areas are constantly on call outside of healthcare centre opening hours.

 

If you need medical services in the greater Reykjavík during evenings, nights and weekends, services are provided by Læknavaktin (The Doctors Watch).

 

 

Adress:

Læknavaktin
Austurver (Háaleitisbraut 68)
103 Reykjavík
Phone number: 1770

Heilsuvernd - Medical service

Heilsuvernd provides health protection, occupational health and healthcare services. It also provides advice over the phone, absence certificates and educational information.

 

Heilsuvernd makes a point of meeting the needs of those who do not have health insurance as well as the needs of those who do, but those with no health insurance pay higher admission fees. Heilsuvernd has also performed medical examinations for residence permits for the Directorate of Immigration for many years.

 

Heilsuvernd’s medical reception is open 9am-12 noon and 1-4pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments can be made by phone on 510 6500 or online at www.hv.is and www.doktor.is.

 

See Heilsuvernd website for more information.

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