Who and when can call an ambulance?
In case of an emergency anybody –regardless of citizenship and insurance relationship- can call the ambulance in the territory of the Hungarian Republic.
When can we call the ambulance for help?
Every time the patient needs immediate medical attention::
- possible danger of life (unconsciousness, any kind of heavy bleeding, etc.);
- accident, injury, any kind of poisoning;
- final stage of labor, or any problem with ongoing pregnancy;
- in case of strong pain, other alarming complaint or symptom (choking, heavy breathing, convulsive vomiting, dizziness, speech impairment, paralyzed limb);
- behavioral problem endangering the patient’s or others life
The ambulance emergency number from anywhere in the country (from every landline or cell phone) is 104
From 1999 you can also call the standard emergency number (112) in Hungary. Please primarily call this if you want to contact the ambulance and/or fire department and/or the police at the same time.
During the call provide answers to the following questions:
- What happened? (circumstances of the injury or sickness, for example: collapsed, unconscious; heart problems with heavy breathing; fell from high elevation; run over by car; run into a tree by motorbike, etc.)
- Where did it happen? (exact address or if it is not available an access route)
- How many people are injured, sick?
- What kind of injuries, symptoms they have? (for example: lays on the ground, has pain in his leg; pale, clammy; heavy breathing, agitated, his lips are blue; lays on the ground, spasming, foaming)
- The caller’s name and number (if it is needed to call again for example if the address is wrong!)
- Wait for the possible questions of the dispatcher (it might be important if further details are needed!), and hang up only after that.
Source: HUNGARIAN NATIONAL AMBULANCE AND EMERGENCY SERVICE