Hospitals, Clinics and Pharmacies

Information about emergency medical treatment in hospitals or clinics, how to find a night pharmacy and the cost of prescriptions...

Accident and emergency department (prótes voítheies /πρώτες βοήθειες) are available in most hospitals and in some private clinics.

  • In an emergency, call for an ambulance, Tel: 112
  • Go to the accident and emergency department / πρώτες βοήθειες entrance at the hospital or clinic

Hospital staff will ask for a national identity card number or EHIC to register a visit to the accident and emergency department. There is a €10 registration fee. Walk-ins are triaged and asked to remain in the waiting area until called.

If hospitalised in a GeSY hospital, fees are covered by the General Health System. Those who choose to go to a private clinic will have to cover their own fees or use their private health insurance.

Admission to State Health Service Hospital

If admission is pre-arranged, the attending doctor will issue an admission form which needs to be submitted to the admissions office. The patient will then receive their medical file from the registration department. Patients should bring their Medical Card, any medicines they might take and the personal items they need. 

Appointments with a specialist and other healthcare providers

After a personal doctor has issued a referral, the patient can choose their specialist healthcare provider. An appointment is made over the phone. By stating the patient’s name, date of birth and national identity card number, the healthcare provider will have all they need to book the appointment and connect to the GHS system’s records.

Most specialist healthcare providers will issue a reminder a day before the appointment which is sent by SMS to the registered mobile phone number. On the date of the appointment, the patient should go to the reception of the hospital or clinic chosen, present their identification document, pay the co-payment fee and wait until they are called into the examination room see the specialist.

Pharmacies and Medicines

Pharmacies (φαρμακείο/farmakeío) in Cyprus are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 13:30 and 15:00-18:30 excluding Wednesday and Saturday where opening hours are from 08:00-13:30.

Lists of the night Pharmacies open in each area are regularly updated and posted online. Night Pharmacies are generally open from 08:00-23:00. It is recommended that you call the night pharmacy in advance to check it is open.

Pharmacy costs and prescriptions

Pharmacies providing health care services within the General Health System have the GeSY signage on display. It is only at these pharmacies that a patient can get the medications prescribed to them by their GeSY doctor or specialist. Patients are required to pay €1 per pharmaceutical product. Not all medicines are available under the GHS.

Over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and cough medicines can only be purchased at a pharmacy, and cannot be found in supermarkets like in some other countries. 

For more details on the cost of prescriptions visit the GHS website and scroll down to the section Healthcare Services –Note 1.