Social and health care services
Residents in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen can seek medical attention in the emergency health centres in the neighbouring city on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., as well as on weekends and on public holidays. The night and weekend emergency health centre services are intended for patients who cannot wait for examination and care until the next working day due to acute illness. Emergency health centres in joint use are the Haartman, Jorvi, Malmi, and Peijas hospitals and the Children’s Hospital.
The joint dental health emergency department for Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi is at the Haartman hospital in Helsinki. The dental health emergency department handles urgent and sudden dental emergencies. The department is open in the evening, at weekends and on public holidays. Each respective municipality is responsible for providing its own daytime emergency services.
The cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and the municipality of Kirkkonummi have a joint unit for specialist dental care. The unit handles those basic health care patients who require specialist dental care and whose treatment does not require hospital facilities. The unit also serves as a training location for specialising dentists.
(09) 10023 telephone health service
Information about health, illnesses and health care services in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. The telephone health service is available 24 hours on every day of the year. The service is provided by professional nurses with long experience in health care.
The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) offers high-level specialist medical care in all 23 of its hospitals throughout the province of Uusimaa.
Vantaa Occupational Health Corporation (in Finnish) is a municipal commercial enterprise producing occupational health services for the cities of Vantaa, Espoo, Helsinki, and Kauniainen, as well as statutory healthcare services for sailors in Helsinki.
[City of Vantaa]
The task of the Espoo region environmental healthcare services (in Finnish) is to protect residents in Espoo, Kauniainen, and Kirkkonummi from health risks caused by the living environment. The unit monitors foodstuffs, foodstuff localities, chemicals, the quality of household and swimming water, and health and safety in housing, schools and nurseries, amongst other things. Veterinary services and animal protection also form part of its operations.
[City of Espoo]
The Centre of Expertise on Social Welfare in Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Socca)
Socca cooperates with the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. It is part of the network of the Centres of Expertise that became statutory in Finland in 2002.
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Suomi.fi - Health care services in Finland
[Suomi.fi and State Treasury]
Suomi.fi - Families and social services in Finland
[Suomi.fi and State Treasury]
The Helsinki Deaconess Institute (in Finnish) is a public-service foundation close to 140 years old. It produces social and public health care services, and it organises educational programmes in these fields.
[Helsinki Deaconess Institute]
The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters is a national child welfare organisation founded in 1945 to help single mothers and their children.
[The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters]
Emergency youth shelters offer help and support when matters get out of control for people under the age of 19 and their families.