5. Medical care
First thing first, if you are in an emergency where there is danger to life, property or the environment dial the SOS emergency number 112.
An emergency situation is when you require urgent assistance from paramedics, emergency services, police, air/sea/mountain rescue services, priests on duty or information about poisoning. All the SOS operators speak English. If an interpreter is necessary, a third person will be connected to the call. The SOS operator asks the questions to be able to alert the correct emergency services to the right location.
If your call is not urgent and you need medical advice, you can instead call 1177 to consult a nurse over the phone. You can find information on, for example, diseases, medicines, and treatments by visiting 1177.
If you would like to consult a doctor or nurse and you are not in an emergency situation you should in most cases, contact a local “Vårdcentral” – primary care provider. The primary care services are comprised of general medical practitioners offering medical examinations, care and treatment of most common conditions and illnesses. However, if necessary, your primary care physician will refer you to another medical specialist such as a surgeon or orthopedic.
To get an appointment with a specialist at the hospital you will typically need a referral. Most hospitals also have an emergency room for conditions that cannot wait.
If your call is not urgent and you need to contact the police, please call 114 14.
One last number that might be useful is 113 13. This is a number for information about crisis and accidents.
In Sweden Pharmacies are called Apotek and can be found in different places usually near a hospital, medical health center, a mall or in the city centers.
Sweden also provides checkups for newborn children: BVC, during pregnancies at MVC and for activities for families: Familjecentralen.
The medical system is ran by Västragötalandsregionen (VGR). Please have a look at their website to learn more.
VGR also provides dental care through Folktandvården, but you can see private dentists. The easiest way to a dentist is to google the swedish word for dentist: Tandläkare, in your city or municipality.
Please follow this link to learn more: Healthcare in Sweden