Should you suddenly fall ill during your holiday in Lapland, treatment is available at the health centre in Ivalo. Sick tourists are treated daily in the Ivalo health centre according to Outi Liisanantti, Inari municipality’s medical director.
- Plenty of foreign tourists use the health centre’s on-call services. Foreign travellers are treated every week in the inpatient ward, too, Outi Liisanantti says.
Treatment is paid for on the spot in cash or by payment card. Your traveller’s insurance may compensate you for the cost once you get back home.
Citizens of the EU, Nordic countries, UK and Canada must prove their right to treatment by providing a certificate. This can be a valid European Health Insurance Card, photo ID or passport.
Fractures are among the most common injuries
- We mostly treat fractures, which sometimes require surgery at the Lapland Central Hospital in Rovaniemi. Sometimes we apply a plaster cast in Ivalo to make the trip to Rovaniemi less painful.
The patient may travel to Rovaniemi by private vehicle or by taxi or ambulance, Outi Liisanantti says.
Foreigners must cover the cost of transportation themselves, unless they have a certificate of entitlement to treatment.
There is an interpreting service in Inari. Some staff members in the health centre are able to provide services in English, French, German and Swedish.
Call ahead before going to the emergency room
The health centre’s on-call services are meant for emergencies. There is a doctor on call 24/7 in Ivalo.
Before you leave for the emergency room, please call the appointment service on +358 (0)40 188 7400 on weekdays from 8:15 am to 10 am or 1 pm to 2 pm. At other times, if the case is urgent, you should call the nurse on-call on +358 (0)40 770 9187.
Bring all of your prescriptions and other related paperwork with you to the emergency room, for example your blood pressure card.
The on-call service is meant for serious medical conditions and cases of acute illnesses requiring immediate medical attention and treatment.
Examples of helath problems that require emergency treatment are
Sudden shortness of breath
Symptoms of stroke
Sudden, severe headache
Sudden, severe confusion or declining level of consciousness
High fever and impaired
Impaired general condition
Suspected dehydration caused by diarrhoea and/or vomiting
Recent injuries, apart from minor injuries
Actively bleeding wounds
Probable bone fracture
Sudden, severe stomach ache
Possibility of miscarriage
Severe ear ache (child will not stop crying even after medication has been administered)
Sudden, severe back pain
Severe allergic reaction