Locate your nearest hospital and read about the different types services they provide. Hospitals in the Netherlands typically fall into one of three categories: university medical centres, teaching hospitals and general hospitals.
Types of hospitals
The Netherlands has a reputation for providing a high standard of medical care and its hospitals vary in size and in areas of specialisation.
Some hospitals are set up in the style of university medical centres. As such, they attract researchers and specialists: a dynamic which adds to their ability to provide the most specialised care. The city is home to the Amsterdam UMC, with two hospital campuses (AMC and VUmc).
Similarly, teaching hospitals have affiliations with university medical centres. They attract specialists and provide a more general forum for research and training of student nurses and medical interns. Staff and students have access to on-site research facilities. Because of this, some more specialised treatments are offered here.
General hospitals are a traditional style of hospital which provide an excellent standard of care and will refer patients to more specialised facilities if required.
It is worth noting that the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital is also situated in Amsterdam. Specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it is one of the leading oncology institutions in the Netherlands.
Dial 112 for emergency help in the Netherlands. If well enough, you can also travel directly to an accident and emergency department at your nearest hospital. However, it is first recommended to contact your family doctor or your local out-of-hours huisartsenpost for advice. In Amsterdam you can call 088 003 0600 to contact the out-of-hours service.