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Emergency clinic or health station?

Shortness of breath, chest feels tight. Running a fever and feeling weak. Sudden diarrhoea, need sick leave. Hip hurts and walking is difficult.

When should you contact your health station and when should you go to the emergency clinic?

  • The rule of thumb is that health stations handle normal cases of fever and flu, prolonged hip and back pain and other long-term problems, prescription renewals and sick leave.

Health stations are open on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00. The health station in Nurmes is also partly open in the evenings and on weekends, you can check the opening hours at the siunsote.fi website: Health stations and emergency care. And you should always call before going to a health station because many issues can be solved over the phone.

The Siun sote health stations use a call-back service. Customers are asked to wait patiently for a call back; waiting patiently is more likely to lead to faster service than calling again.

  • In emergencies, emergency clinic visits are preceded by calling either 112 or 116 117 and receiving instructions, or patients can receive referrals to the emergency clinic.

Do not come to the emergency clinic without calling first.

You should seek emergency clinic services for issues such as symptoms of stroke, decline of consciousness, severe chest pain, cardiac arrhythmia, respiratory difficulty, a cut bleeding profusely, an accident, broken bone, severe nose bleed or abdominal pain, unbearable sudden pain, mental disorder, severe allergic reaction or sudden deterioration of a person’s general condition.

You reach nurses by calling the Medical Helpline 116 117. Guidance and advice is available 24 hours a day.