For medical emergencies call 113.

General practitioner

Everyone who is registered in the Population Register as a resident in a Norwegian municipality is entitled to be registered as a patient with a general practitioner (fastlege in Norwegian).

To register with a GP call 810 59 500 or visit www.helsenorge.no.

A GP is responsible for examining, diagnosing and treating the patients on his/her list, and this also includes prescribing medication and issuing sick notes. The GP is also responsible for referring patients to hospitals, other medical specialists and physiotherapists. You must pay a consultation fee unless you have an exemption card.

As a patient, you are entitled to information about your state of health and about treatment in a language that you understand. You are also entitled to a make yourself understood. Therefore, you are entitled to an interpreter if you need one. Notify your doctor in advance if you need an interpreter.

Labour immigrants who are not registered as residing in a Norwegian municipality are not entitled to a primary doctor. However, anyone in need of emergency health care (when their life or health is in danger) will receive this care irrespective of their residence status.

A&E

The Accident & emergency department (Legevakten) at Bærum sykehus accepts patients in need of immediate help. Please call 116 117.

Children’s health clinics

Children’s health clinics provide services for children up to six years old and their parents.

All children are examined at regular intervals and offered vaccinations. In addition, the clinics offer home visits for newborns, establishment of mother-and-child groups, counselling and specialist referrals.

For young people between the ages of 12 and 24, the health clinics provide counselling and information on issues like sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, drugs, family and relationships.

Maternity care

You can access free maternity care at Bekkestua, Storøya, Marie Plathe and Sandvika health centres.

Dental care

Dental care is provided free of charge for children up to the age of 18. There is a 25 per cent discount for 19 and 20 year-olds.