Health in Amsterdam
Emergency Number: 112
Ambulance, Fire department and Police
This is a country number. If you phone from the mobile phone, you must first say from which city you are calling, which emergency service you call for and your address.
Hospital Emergency Wards
Several public hospitals in Amsterdam have emergency wards open 24 hours a day. Two of them are the biggest and most modern:
OLVG Hospital, its traditional Dutch name is: Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis Ziekenhuis (Oost Amsterdam, closest emergency hospital departement to the Center of Amsterdam)); Eerste Oosterparkstraat 279; 1091 HA Amsterdam; phone: 020 - 599 9111
Sint Lucas Hospital, (West of Amsterdam, just at the exit 105 from the Amsterdam freeway ring A10); full name in Dutch: Sint Lucas Andreas Ziekenhuis; Jan Tooropstraat 164; 1061 AE Amsterdam; phone: 020 - 5108160 or 5108161
A Visit to a Doctor
The Netherlands have a developed system of home practionners (huisartsen). All of them speak English. They receive patients on working days without an appointment between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. During the weekend days only some the doctors are on duty. Be preapred to wait with other patients or call first fo the appintmenet. Upon arrival advise first the doctor’s assistant about your situtation.
Dr. Cambridge, Physician - Tourist doctor
Offers doctor service to all tourists and expats in the Amsterdam area. Fully trained experienced general/family practitioners, fluent in different laguages.
Central Medical Service
(Centrale Doktersdienst, open 24h) will inform you about the general practitionner in your area as well as doctors who will help you during the weekend.
Phone: 0900 503 20 42
Therapists Arts & Bolck, Amsterdam psychologists
Therapists Arts & Bolck is a collaboration between two broadly educated psychologists both with their own specialization. As a foreigner (living, staying, or traveling through) in another country and strange city you might feel still a little bit ‘lost’ for different reasons. We would like to help you making things a bit easier to deal with.
List of pharmacies, opening hours and location. General opening hours of pharmacies are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., but it may vary. Each pharmacy displays on the door or in the window the address of the closest pharmacy on duty (dienstdoende apotheek) open 24 hours and during the weekend.
Pharmacies Central Service (Centraal Apotheken Dienst) informs you about the pharmacies on duty, their number is (Dutch speaking service): 020 592 33 15
Free HIV testing and counseling by AHF
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) offers free HIV testing on their premises above the vintage garment store ‘Out of the Closet’, just a few steps from the Rembrandt House. The SWAB Rapid HIV tests are free and anonymous. These are oral tests checking the mouth fluid for the HIV antibodies– thus no needle puncture. The result is given within 20 minutes. If the test result comes out positive, you will be directed for further testing. ‘Out of the Closet’, Jodenbreestraat 158; Testing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1 P.M. – 7 P.M.; Sunday 1 P.M. – 6 P.M.;
tel.:+31 20 620 62 61
Free testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.
GG&GD (Municipal Health Service) - STI Outpatient Clinic; Weesperplein 1; 1018 WZ Amsterdam; trams 7, 10 and metro, stop Weesperplein; open - Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call for the appointment first (service in English and Spanish); phone: 020-555 5822. Blood tests take several days. You will be able to check the results on-line or by phone.