You are free to choose your health centre. Contact information for health centres and cottage hospitals encompassed by Health Choice Västerbotten can be found at 1177.se.
How to choose a health centre
You register at a health centre or care centre in the county using 1177 Vårdguiden's e-service or by filling out a form.
You are entitled to change your health centre as often as you please. The health centre may not deny residents registered in Sweden the right to register at the health centre of their choice.
If, when you relocate within the county or have recently arrived, you do not choose a health centre, you will automatically be registered based on the area where you are a registered resident. Newborn children are registered in the first instance at the same health centre as their legal guardian. For children below the age of 16, the legal guardian chooses their health centre.
Permanent healthcare contact
You are entitled to a permanent healthcare contact at your health centre. However, there is no guarantee that the doctor you see will be the doctor of your choice. If necessary, you may also submit a request for a permanent healthcare contact who is not a doctor.
All health centres are open in the daytime on weekdays. You can call them directly for advice or to schedule an appointment. If you fall ill during the evening or weekend, it is important to first call 1177 to be directed to the appropriate care service. In some cases you will be referred to an on-call primary healthcare unit. In Umeå, these units are located at Ålidhems health centre, and in Skellefteå and Lycksele it is located at the A&E departments in those hospitals. In communities with cottage hospitals, primary healthcare service is provided in rotation. You can always call 1177 for advice.