Health insurance varies from country to country. Here too. We cannot give you details regarding all eventualities but we can give you an important first overview and some general information here
Fire brigade: 112
In Germany medicine is dispensed only at pharmacies or over the internet. For some drugs you may need a prescription from the doctor treating you. Many medicines can also be bought without prescription and pharmacists are always there to offer help and advice.
Consultation with a medical practitioner
In Germany medical practitioners are divided into family doctors (general medicine) and specialists (ophthalmologist, skin specialists etc.). These doctors’ surgeries have different consulting times. If you cannot reach your doctor at night, on the week-end or on Wednesday afternoons you can contact the medical emergency service (“ärztlichen Notdienst”).
Medical emergency service
You will find the emergency numbers in the internet at
Medical emergency service: 05361 19292
Hospital: 05361 800
Medical emergency service +49 0 531 44033 or +49 0 531 116117
In Braunschweig there is a surgical emergency service daily between 8h00 – 18h00 and on week-ends/holidays between 10h00 – 18h00. The name of the surgeon on call can be found either in the press or by phoning the medical emergency service.
Hospital +49 5371 870
If you need treatment or an operation at a hospital you will need a referral either from your family doctor or a specialist. That is unless it is an emergency which requires immediate admittance to hospital.
Klinikum der Stadt Wolfsburg
Helmstedter Straße 35
telephone: +49 0 531/70110
Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig
telephone: +49 0 531/5950
An acute emergency is all illness or injury so severe that medical attention is needed immediately. In case of emergency please phone 112. The number 112 can be dialled without area code throughout Germany either on a mobile phone or landline. Describe the type of emergency as accurately as possible. You will also have to give your name and whereabouts.
The questions you should remember:
Where has it happened?
What has happened?
How many injured?
What kind of injuries?
Wait for questions!
Where is it burning?
What is burning?
How much is burning?
What kind of danger – explosions, people endangered?
Wait for questions!