Emergency Telephone Numbers in the Netherlands

Who to call and what to say in an emergency...

Useful Emergency Words and Phrases

English Dutch
Call an ambulance Bel een ambulance
Call the police Bel de politie
Call the fire brigade Bel de brandweer
Get/Call a doctor Haal/bel een dokter
I am ill Ik ben ziek

Emergency Services, Telephone Numbers and Websites

Service Contact
Police, Ambulance, Fire Tel: 112
National Police (non-emergency) Tel: 0900 8844
Website
Telephone (KPN) Tel: 0800 0407
Gas, Electricity Emergency Tel: 0800 9009
Sea Rescue / Coast Guard (Kustwacht) Tel: 0900 0111
Website
Tourist Medical Service (ATAS) Tel: 020 592 3355
Breakdown Service (ANWB) Tel: 088 2692 888
Website
Animal Ambulance Website (in Dutch)

Operators for the Pan-European emergency number (112) speak English and will contact the appropriate emergency service. Calling 112 is free from any telephone (mobile cellular or fixed-line).

  • The noodsituaties ("emergency situations") website has practical information on what to do in a variety of crisis situations.

Doctors and Minor Medical Emergencies

In the case of minor or non-urgent medical problems, patients should contact their doctor for advice. They will arrange a home visit, urgent appointment or refer the patient to a hospital for treatment. Patients with non-life threatening illnesses who arrive at a Dutch hospital may be refused treatment if they do not have a doctor’s referral.

Most general practitioner’s surgeries are open Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00.

To search for a local GP (huisarts), see the Zorg Kaart website (in Dutch)

An out-of-hours doctor's service or medical clinic is called a huisartsenpost. There is not a central locator that covers the entire country but each region will have a central phone number or website that will offer advice in English on how and where to locate the nearest service.

Some starting points:

Emergency dental treatment

Like doctors, dentists in a given area usually rotate being on out-of-hours duty.

  • Tel: 0900 821 22 30 (20c/minute) or 020 30 34 500.

24 Hour Pharmacies (Apotheek)

Most chemists open Monday to Friday 08:30-17:30 and some are open Saturday morning as well. Dutch pharmacies follow a rota system, which means that there is always one open out of hours (i.e. nights, weekends and public holidays).

  • To find an on-duty pharmacy Tel: 020 694 8709

A list of 24-hour pharmacies is also displayed in chemist windows and in free local newspapers under Medical Assistance (Medische Diensten)

Emergency Pharmacies

A list of 24-hour pharmacies is displayed in chemist windows and in free local newspapers under Medical Assistance (Medische Diensten).

Other Useful Numbers

Service Telephone
Directory Enquiries National Tel: 0900 8008
Directory Enquiries International Tel: 0900 8418
Public Transport Information Tel: 0900 9292
Crime line - M: to report crime anonymously (Meld Misdaad Anoniem). Reports can be made in English; the line is open daily. Tel: 0800 - 7000
Tel: +31 800 7000 (from outside the Netherlands)
Website

Lost Property (gevonden voorwerpen)

Public transport or place Website

Air Raid Sirens

Air raid sirens are used in the event of a national emergency. At noon (12 midday) on the first Monday of every month the sirens are tested.

Further Information

The Netherlands has over 4,000 air raid sirens dotted around the country. These are used in the event of a national emergency. At noon (12 midday) on the first Monday of every month the sirens are tested. The noise can be startling for newcomers, and entertaining for locals. ??