Espoo has 10 municipal health centres. They have by doctors, nurses and public health nurses, and some of them have laboratory and radiology services, and physiotherapy.
Doctors at health centres
Espoo has both City-run and private health centres. All residents are entitled to consult a doctor at their local health centre. The patient can make an appointment with any doctor in health centre who is available. These personal doctors are general practitioners. When necessary, they also refer patients to specialists or hospitals. Printable instructions (pdf)
Except in urgent cases requiring immediate emergency care, doctors’ appointments must be booked in advance. For consulting a doctor at a health centre, a fee of 13,80 € is charged for each of the three first visits during the same calendar year. Additional visits during the same year are free of charge. A missed uncancelled visit costs EUR 33,90.
A private doctor is more expensive. The Social Insurance Institution (KELA) will, however, reimburse part of the cost agaist a proper receipt. Many workplaces provide occupational health services.
A doctor’s appointment is not necessary for everything relating to illness. You can visit a nurse for these matters: the common cold, stomach flu, suspected urinary tract infection, short-term sick leave certificates, minor injuries and accidents, insect bites, suspected venereal disease or unwanted pregnancy and acute back-ache. Call your local health centre to find out if an appointment is needed for the nurse’s reception.
(09) 10023 telephone health service
Call (09) 10023 always when you are in need of information about health, illnesses or health care services in Espoo. Telephone health service is open 24 hours in every day of the year. Service is given by professional nurses with long experience in health care. Service costs the price of a normal telephone call.