Social and health services


The Finnish municipality in social services aims to prevent social problems, maintain social security and support people's independent living.

The city of Kuopio has four service entities, which are for families with children, adult social work, disability services and services for elderly.

The goal of health care in the city of Kuopio is to provide good health, mental and physical functional capacity and health and long life. The primary goal is in preventative health care, meaning that the citizens are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health.

Health services are divided into outpatient care, hospital services, services for children and adolescents, mental health services for adults and substance abuse treatment.
 

Immigrant Unit


Kuopio Immigrant Unit
receives refugees and immigrants and integrates them into Finnish society, in conjunction with other authorities. The mission of the unit is to help refugees and immigrants to integrate into Finnish society and, at the same time, support them in maintaining their own cultural identity. The Immigrant Unit aims to promote understanding of other cultures in Finnish society through its work.

The Immigrant Unit serves refugees and foreign nationals who have been granted asylum as well as return immigrants. Refugees will remain clients of the Immigrant Unit for no less than the first three years and return immigrants for no less than six months.

The Immigrant Unit advises and guides its clients in, for example, the following matters:

- social welfare
- income support
- domestic help
- child protection
- healthcare
 

Immigrant Unit Office


The Office of the Immigrant Unit is open weekdays between 08.00 - 15.15

Street address:
Sairaalakatu 2

Postal address:
PL 227, 70101 Kuopio

Tel. +358  447 183 942
Fax +358 17 183 552

On-call times for interpreters:
 

Arabic interpreter on Wednesdays between 9.00 - 12.00 and
on even Fridays between 10.00 - 12.00.

Burmese and Sgaw Karen interpreter on odd Tuesdays between 9.00 - 11.00.

We aim to provide interpretation services in other languages where required.

Family workers
Tel. +358 44 718 1309 and +358 44 718 6055

Unit supervisor
Tel. +358 447 183 905

Immigrant nurse
Monday to Thursday, tel. 017 186 313
Street address: Tulliportinkatu 17 C, Room 161 A (next to laboratory)

 


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Patient Ombudsman


The Patient Ombudsman provides information on he patient's rights and acts to promote them. The task of the Patient Ombudsman is to counsel and help the patient as necessary if the patient is dissatisfied with the care and treatment received.

Contacts
e-mail: arja.kivari@kuopio.fi

Telephone hours from Monday to Thursday at 9 -11.30 am

Arja Kivari, tel. +358 40 718 3304

Patient Ombudsman's services are free of charge. For a personal meeting, please get in touch in advance by e-mail or telephone.

Social Ombudsman


The Social Ombudsman helps social welfare clients in matters related to maintenance grants, child welfare and services for the elderly and disabled, for example.

Contacts
e-mail: antero.nissinen@kuopio.fi

Telephone hours from Monday to Thursday at 9.00 - 11.30 am

Antero Nissinen, tel. +358 44 718 3308

Social Ombudsman's services are free of charge. For a personal meeting, please get in touch in advance by e-mail or telephone.