Health

During your time as a student, you might feel the need to talk to someone other than friends in your immediate surroundings or you might have medical problems. In Rotterdam there are many places you can turn to for help and assistance.

What situation is applicable to you?

Are you a student of the International Institute of Social Sciences (ISS)? Contact your faculty to find out which healthcare support is available in The Hague.

  • For medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital.

    We strongly encourage you to register at a GP as soon as possible. Medical help without referral can lead to unforeseen, high costs and waiting times. Check the website of the Erasmus Medical Center to find out which GP you can register at, and learn more about the Dutch referral system.

    Update: Health Centre Rotterdam Noord is still accepting new patients. For more information you can call them: 0031 10 466 04 86 

    • If you haven’t succeeded in finding a GP and you are in need of medical caretaking, you can refer to one of the Urgent Care Centers (Dutch: Huisartsenposten) in Rotterdam. Do not use the emergency hotline (112) if there is no sign of a life threatening condition. Instead: use the phone number of the care center closest to your location and book an appointment.

      Note: Although the GP practice International Health Centre Rotterdam does not allow for registration of students that are insured at AON, students with urgent medical conditions that are not registered at a GP (yet) are welcome for consultation and services regardless. Therefore, IHCR can be contacted as an Urgent Care facility alike the before mentioned ‘Huisartsenposten’.

    • In case you are dealing with non-urgent symptoms that you would like to talk about with a professional, an online consultation with a registered doctor via hellodoc might answer your needs. To learn more about this service, visit the website and find out what’s in it for you! Remember though, this is a temporary solution and you should always start by registering at a regular GP.

  • The university psychologists aim to offer support to students who have study issues and psychological, social and/or emotional problems that are hindering their study progress. 

    If the university psychologists are unable to offer students the support they need, they will refer them to other support agencies.

  • Appointments for the following recommended dentists (Dutch: tandarts) should be made in advance; it is usually only possible to pay with cash. 

    Tandartsenpraktijk Strevelsweg
    Strevelsweg 121
    Tel: 010 485 92 06

    To make an appointment you can call between 9.00 – 17.30 or do so through the website.

    Mondzorgcentrum Noordereiland
    De Ruyterstraat 4-6
    Tel: 010 414 12 00

    To make an appointment you can call between 10.00 – 17.00

    Tandartspraktijk Uys
    Terbregtseweg 6
    Tel: 010 413 28 93

    To make an appointment you can call between 10.00 – 16.00 (Mondays-Thursdays) or 9.00 - 13.00 (Saturday).

  • Most medications are only available on prescription. You will be given the prescription by your general practitioner and can collect your medication(s) at a pharmacy (Dutch: apotheek).

    Chemists (Dutch: drogist) sell medications that do not require a prescription, such as aspirin and cough medicine. There is always a pharmacy open, even in the weekend. Every pharmacy posts a notice in its window showing which pharmacy is open in the evenings and weekends.

  • Most hospitals can help you at the casualty department (EHBO) without a reference note from a general practitioner. For the majority of other departments you are obliged to obtain a prescription (for example from a general practitioner).

    You can get emergency help 24 hours a day. Ask for the EHBO-post (pronounce: a-ha-bae-o). If there is an emergency or a life-threatening situation, you can always call 112, the emergency number. They can assist you with, for example, police, firemen and doctors.

    When you go to the hospital, always take your insurance papers with you.

    Hospitals in Rotterdam

    Central District

    Erasmus MC
    ‘s Gravendijkwal 230
    3015 CE Rotterdam

    Tel: 010 704 07 04
    www.erasmusmc.nl

    Havenziekenhuis (also Travel Clinic)
    Haringvliet 2
    3011 TD Rotterdam

    Tel: 010 404 33 00
    www.havenziekenhuis.nl

    Central/North District

    Sint Franciscus Gasthuis
    Kleiweg 500
    3045 PM Rotterdam

    Tel: 010 461 61 61
    www.sfg.nl

     

    East District

    IJssellandziekenhuis
    Prins Constantijnweg 2
    2906 ZC Capelle a/d IJssel

    Tel: 010 258 50 00
    www.ysl.nl

     

    South District

    Maasstad Ziekenhuis
    Groene Hilledijk 315
    3075 EA Rotterdam

    Tel: 010 291 19 11
    www.maasstadziekenhuis.nl

    Ikazia Ziekenhuis
    Montessoriweg 1
    3083 AN Rotterdam

    Tel: 010 297 50 00
    www.ikazia.nl

  • Physiotherapie Woudestein is a small-scale private practice on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The practice offers physiotherapy and manual therapy.

    Treatment
    We first analyse your health problems during the intake interview and with this information we draw up your treatment plan. The actual treatment and/or guidance are given in subsequent appointments. We also pay attention to preventive care so as to avoid recurring complaints and if need be we offer aftercare to prevent reversion to former habits.

    Treatment is by appointment only.

    Whom do we treat?
    The practice is open to all, whether you are a member of staff or a student. Anyone who has any association at all with the university can avail themselves of our services. People living in the vicinity are also welcome to use our practice.

    Where?
    The practice is located on Erasmus Plaza and is housed in Hatta building. The practice can be reached via the main entrance.

    Opening hours
    The practice is open on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8 am to 12.30 pm
    and on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2 pm to 6 pm.

    Fees
    The cost of treatment is entirely or partially refunded by the insurance companies. The current fee for physiotherapy is around 28 euro per appointment and for manual therapy the fee is around 39 euro per appointment.
    You must check to see whether you are insured for paramedical treatment. Since January 1st 2005 paramedical care comes under supplementary insurance. If you have no supplementary insurance you will have to pay the fee in cash yourself when you come for your appointment.

    Referral note
    No referral note from a doctor is required. However, in the case of chronic symptoms you will need a referral note.

    More information
    For more information about the practice go to our website www.fysiotherapiewoudestein.nl (Dutch).

    Contact
    Physiotherapist and manual therapist Dimitri Motz
    Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
    3062 PA Rotterdam
    Tel. 010-4081874 / 06-54763441
    E-mail: vragen@fysiotherapiewoudestein
    Website: www.fysiotherapiewoudestein.nl

  • The Area Health Authority for Rotterdam (GGD) and its surroundings aims at promoting the health of the population. The GGD has a preventive as well as a caring mandate.

    Most vaccinations can be obtained at the GGD (for instance vaccinations for people who plan to go to the tropics). Foreigners who come to the Netherlands do not usually have to be vaccinated at the GGD. However, people coming from high-risk areas (in non-western countries) have to do a test for tuberculosis at the GGD in order to get a residence permit. 

    Schiedamsedijk 95
    3011 EN Rotterdam
    (010) 433 99 66
    info@ggd.rotterdam.nl
    www.ggdrotterdamrijnmond.nl/ (in Dutch)

  • You are by law obliged to be properly insured during your time in the Netherlands. Next to it being obliged, you also really don’t want to be surprised by having to pay for an unforeseen issue yourself. 

  • At the moment, there are several cases of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the Netherlands. EUR stays on top of the developments and all measures that have been communicated by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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