The care that you require will depend on how serious your injury or illness is. Sometimes, you may need healthcare and treatment for very serious injuries and illnesses. Sometimes, you can take care of yourself at home after getting self-care advice from a nurse. There are many different places that can provide you with healthcare. All clinics have trained specialists.
If you do not know what kind of healthcare you require, please dial number 1177. If it is an emergency and you require immediate care, please dial 112.
Medical advice at 1177 Vårdguiden
You can call 1177 and speak to a nurse, who will be able to give you advice about illnesses and health. Sometimes, the nurse may say that you can treat your condition on your own. The nurse will also be able to help you find the healthcare that you need. You can read more in Swedish here.
Vårdcentralen is the healthcare clinic closest to you when you need to see a doctor or nurse. In Stockholm County, there are over 200 vårdcentraler with medical specialists in common illnesses.
You can go to the vårdcentral if you, for example, have:
- a high fever
- a urinary tract infection
- minor wounds
- a skin rash or skin infection
Open: Monday–Friday 8am–5pm.
Husläkarjouren is a vårdcentral that is open evenings and weekends. Here, you can receive medical care that requires attention before your local vårdcentral opens. There are 13 husläkarjourer available, and you are welcome to visit any of them. Husläkarjourerna will admit children over the age of 6 months.
Open: Monday–Friday 5pm–10pm, Saturday–Sunday 8am–10pm
Home visits by on-call doctors (Jourläkarbilar)
Jourläkarbilarna are available evenings, nights and weekends for those who require urgent care but have difficulty in getting to a clinic. Call 1177 to speak to a nurse, who may mediate whether you require a home visit from an on-call doctor.
BUMM - medicine clinics for children
Clinics for children and young people are called BUMM. Here, there are paediatricians and paediatric nurses. Children aged 0–1 years can be seen by a paediatrician on the same day that the appointment is made. There are 40 BUMM clinics in the county.
Open: Monday–Friday 8am–5pm
Närakuten is for injuries and illnesses that require immediate care. You can receive ambulance transport to närakuten, or come on your own. Here, you can receive care for many of the injuries and illnesses that were previously treated at a hospital’s A&E department.
You can go to närakuten if you or your child, for example, have:
- stomach pain
- an acute allergic reaction
- severe wounds
- If you think you may have broken your arm or leg.
- If you think you may have a blood clot in your leg.
All närakuter have:
- X-ray equipment and laboratories for samples.
- Specially trained staff who are able to care for children, adults and the elderly.
- In 2018, 10 new närakuter will be opened in Stockholm County.
- Närakuterna admit children from the age of 0 years.
Open: every day 8am–10pm
Emergency departments at the hospital (akutmottagning)
Akutmottagningar in hospitals are for adults with very serious illnesses and injuries. Akutmottagningen is open 24 hours a day.
You can go to akutmottagningen if you, for example, have:
- chest pain
- breathing problems
- head injuries
At akutmottagningen, the most seriously ill people are given priority. You may have to wait longer if your condition is less serious. Sometimes, you may be sent to another clinic if you can receive better care there.
A&E departments in Stockholm County
- Danderyds sjukhus
- Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Huddinge
- Norrtälje sjukhus
- S:t Görans sjukhus
- Södertälje sjukhus
Always call 112 if you believe the condition to be life-threatening.
Children's emergency room (barnakut) at the hospital
Barnakuterna in hospitals are for children and young people aged 0–17 years, who have a serious illness and require immediate care.
Children can go to barnakuten if they, for example, have:
- breathing problems
Barnakuter in Stockholm County
- Sachsska barn- och ungdomssjukhuset in Södermalm
- Astrid Lindgrens barnsjukhus in Solna
- Astrid Lindgrens barnsjukhus in Huddinge
Call 1177 before you go to a barnakut.
Healthcare costs for emergency and necessary care
Visitors from Nordic countries
If you live in Finland, Denmark, Norway or Iceland, you need to show your ID document and the address of your home. You pay the same fee for emergency and necessary care as a registered resident in Stockholm County, which are:
Children 0-17 years: free of charge, except at barnakuterna (childrens E.R.) where the fee is SEK 120.
Adults 18–84 years: Vårdcentral, Husläkarjour (medical center/GP) or Närakut (urgent care center) - SEK 200. Akutmottagning (Emergency care, E.R.) - SEK 400. Psychiatric clinic - SEK 350.
Adults 85+ years: free of charge
Visitors from countries within EU/EEA or Switzerland
With an EU card or certificate, you pay the same patient fee for emergency and necessary care as the residents in Stockholm County, see above.
Without an EU card, you pay the full cost of the care yourself. A doctor's visit to an emergency department at a hospital costs between 2000 and 3400 SEK. A doctor's visit at a medical GP at vårdcentral, husläkarjour or närakut costs 1800 SEK. In some cases, you can receive compensation for these costs later on through the insurance fund in your home country.
Visitors from Algeria, Australia, Quebec or Israel
If you have a valid passport, you pay the same fee for emergency care as the residents registered in Stockholm County, see above.
Visitors from other countries
If you are a visitor from a country outside the EU or a convention country, you pay the entire healthcare costs yourself in case of emergency care. Convention country is a country with which Sweden has a cooperation agreement.