Everyone with a Faroese ID-number has access to services from the Faroese health care system.
For health emergencies - call 112. The emergency telephone number must be used only for emergency calls in case of serious injury or illness when immediate treatment is needed.
For medical assistance if you suddenly become ill or injured outside normal working hours (4 pm to 8 am) – call 1870. Medical assistance outside working hours and during weekends is available at the Medical Assistance Centre at the National Hospital.
When you call the Medical Assistance Centre, the medical staff will evaluate your situation and determine whether advice over the telephone will be sufficient, or you should come to the centre for closer examination. In case you need to come to the centre, you will be given an appointment time.
If you are in urgent need of dental service during weekends and bank holidays - call +298 314544 between 10 am and 11 am.
Every new residence is assigned a General Practitioner (family doctor) by the National Health Insurance when receiving his or her Faroese ID-number.
Your General Practitioner is your first point of contact for any illness except for emergencies. He or she will direct you to specialists when needed.
In addition to general medical treatment the General Practitioners provide statutory duties such as vaccinations and medical examinations of children and pregnant women.
You need to call the receptionist in order to get an appointment with your General Practitioner. General Practitioners also have a telephone consultation hour from 8 to 9 am for simple questions or prescriptions.
Specialist health care services are available in hospitals or from practicing specialists. Seeing a specialist requires a referral from a General Practitioner.
For some specialist services you will have to pay a patient`s charge. The patient’s charge is paid directly to the specialist.
Dental care for adults is carried out by dentists in private practice. The National Health Insurance covers part of the cost for dental assistance.
Children up to the age of 18 are entitled to free public dental treatment. Children´s dental services are administrated by the municipalities.
Mental health service is available from psychologists in private practice.
If you are referred to a psychologist by your local medical officer, the National Health Insurance will cover 40 percent of the cost. If you consult a psychologist without referral from your medical officer, you will have to pay the full price.
You can be referred to a hospital by your General Practitioner.
There are three hospitals in the Faroe Islands – in Tórshavn, Klaksvík and Suðuroy.
The National Hospital (Landssjúkrahúsið) in Tórshavn is the main hospital. Most illnesses and injuries can be managed at the National Hospital but in some cases it may be necessary to receive treatment abroad.
Pregnancy check-ups are carried out by General Practitioners and by midwives. Ultrasound scans are available for free in the 18th week of pregnancy.
Childbirth takes place at the National Hospital in Tórshavn.
Children’s nurses examine the children in their home regularly up to the age of 18 months.
General Practitioners provide medical check-ups up to the age of 5 and vaccinations according to a vaccination programme.
School nurses provide regular medical check-ups and personal interviews as well as parental guidance and information.
Prescribed and non-prescribed drugs and other related items can be obtained in pharmacies.
Employees at pharmacies are qualified to answer questions about drugs and minor medical complaints.
Pharmacies are located in Tórshavn, Klaksvík, Tvøroyri and Runavík. Furthermore, there are approximately 30 pharmacy outlets throughout the islands.
Several associations provide guidance and assistance for people with special diseases.
The Cancer Association (in Faroese)
The Faroese Deaf Association (in Faroese and Danish)
The Metabolism Assocation (in Faroese)
The Alzheimer´s Association (in Faroese)
The Faroese Association for the Blind (in Faroese)
The Faroese Arthritis Association in Faroese)
The Heart Association (in Faroese)
The Sport Association for the Disabled (in Faroese)
The Association for the Mentally Retarded (in Faroese)
The Autistic Association (in Faroese)
The Spastic Association (in Faroese)
The Sclerosis Association (in Faroese)
The Association for the Mentally Disabled (in Faroese)