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

Emergency number

Police: 110
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
  • Braunschweig
    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.
  • Gifhorn
    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
Sauerbruchstraße 7
38440 Wolfsburg
telephone: 05361/800

Krankenhaus Marienstift
Helmstedter Straße 35
38102 Braunschweig
telephone: +49 0 531/70110

Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig
Freisestraße 9/10
38118 Braunschweig
telephone: +49 0 531/5950

Klinikum Gifhorn
Campus 6
38518 Gifhorn
telephone: 05371/87-0

Acute emergency

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!

Fire department
Where is it burning?
What is burning?
How much is burning?
What kind of danger – explosions, people endangered?
Wait for questions!