It’s a good idea to find your local general practitioner / dentist / pediatrician / gynecologist before you might need them urgently. You can register with these doctors as their patient and when you need them you’ll know where to go and what to expect. In most cases your GP will examine you and if any follow-up examinations or treatments are necessary s/he will then send you to a specialist. Before you visit any kind of doctor make sure they accept your type of insurance or be ready to pay in cash. You can obtain a list of English-speaking doctors from our website in the infosheet on health and medical services.
In case of serious life-threatening emergencies call 112 (European emergency number; the operators speak English). This will bring an ambulance with a medical support team who’ll examine and treat you on the spot or, if necessary, take you to hospital. If in need of urgent care (an injury or illness too serious to be dealt with immediately by a general practitioner but not life-endangering), go to the Trauma Hospital (Úrazová nemocnice v Brně, Ponávka 6, open 24/7 – tel. number: 545 538 111), where there are urgent care facilities for both medical and dental problems. If children and young people (up to the age of 19) need urgent care, you should turn to the Children’s Hospital (Dětská nemocnice, Černopolní 9, urgent care services available 3:30 pm – 7 am on weekdays, 24/7 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, tel. number: 532 231 111). Treatment at an emergency hospital requires your paying an administrative fee 90 CZK.
Non-stop 24/7 emergency pharmacies can be found in the city centre at Koliště 47, and Bašty 2. Some medications and goods in pharmacies are only available on prescription; others can be bought over the counter. A fairly wide range of prescribed medications (but not all of them) is fully or partially covered by your insurance policy.
You can donate blood at The Department of Transfusion and Tissue Medicine of the Brno University Hospital (Jihlavská 20) if meeting the requirements. Anyone who has travelled out of Europe needs to postpone the donation for six months due to an increased risk of infectious diseases. And if you lived in France or the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1996 you mustn’t donate blood because of the risk of the BSE. Reception of blood donors: Monday – Friday at 6.30 am – 1 pm; contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 532 233 633.
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