Medical care

General practitioner

In contrast to many other countries, the first person to consult in the Netherlands for almost all medical assistance is a general practitioner (GP); in Dutch called ‘’Huisarts’’. If necessary, the GP, will refer you to a specialist.

As soon as possible, you should look for a general practitioner close to your residence. It is not advisable to delay this step until the moment that you actually need a doctor because some GPs may have a full load of patients and have no room for new ones. Therefore, it might take a while to find an available doctor.

In case of emergencies outside regular working hours (during weekends and on national holidays) you can call the “huisartsenpost”or the doctor hotline.

General information

Rotterdam

A list with general practitioners in Rotterdam:

Other medical practices are:

In case of an emergency, call the doctor hotline: (010) 420 11 00.

The Hague

A list with general practitioners in the Hague:

Doctor hotline: 070-3110218 Information about general medical practices in the Hague: see the following link.

Medical centre:

Dentists:

Emergencies

In case you have a medical emergency of the type that requires first aid, you can go straight to the hospital to the EHBO(First Aid in Dutch: Eerste Hulp Bij Ongelukken) for assistance.

112: Emergency number

(toll-free)
Dial 112 for police, ambulance or fire department. When the operator picks up, you will be asked for the address and city where you are calling from and a description of the emergency situation. This is an emergency number, to be used for urgent matters only.
 

0900 8844: Police Information

(local call rates)
At this number you can contact the police when you have a question or a problem which is not an emergency. Sometimes you might hear a message asking you to select your geographical region. If needed they will put you through to your local police office. Emergency numbers on:

  • Campus Woudestein is 010 – 4081100
  • Erasmus MC: *15 in case of fire, aggression, accidents, calamity, otherwise call 010 7034004.
  • ISS: 555