Posted by: debrecenhelp | 14/06/2009

Emergency Information – police, ambulance, fire brigade

Emergency: 112 (takes calls in English)
Police: 107 (takes calls English, German and other languages)
Ambulance: 104 (takes calls English, German and other languages)
Fire Brigade: 105

Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?

No vaccinations are required.

Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an
expat? For example, would I be eligible for care under a national health insurance scheme? Will I be refused treatment at a hospital if I do not have my own insurance?

First aid and ambulance services are free for citizens of the UK, Scandinavia and most Western European countries. However, follow-up treatment must be paid for. To get a rough idea, a consultation in a doctor’s surgery (orvosi rendelő) starts at 2,500 forints, while a home visit starts at 4,000 forints. Treatment at a public outpatient clinic (rendelő intezet) costs little, but doctors working privately sometimes charge much more.

What is the word for “doctor” in the local language?

Orvos (pronounced ‘ohr-voh-sh’).

What do I do if there’s an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time
when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?

In an emergency call 104 or 112 for help. There are physicians in attendance around the clock in every part of the city.

How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?

Usually, there is a sign with a snake around a red cross. You can either call it Patika or by the hard to pronounce name of Gyogyszertar. Hours are usually between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each pharmacy hangs a sign with the address of the closest after-hours pharmacy (ugyeletes gyogyszertar) where you can get medication in emergency situations.

Is the water safe to drink?

Water from the tap is safe to drink.


If you want help on this issue or other issues regarding getting settled in Debrecen Hungary, offers services in this area, including but not limited to:  finding new apartments, transportation, communication with landlords, authorities, immigration or other officials.  It can be good to have a local English/Hungarian speaking person helping out and getting things worked out faster and easier, espesially as English is not spoken by the vast majority in Debrecen.



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