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Good health, good physical function and quality of life

The primary goal of the social and health care services of Kuopio is in promoting a health, mental and physical function of citizens. The primary goal is in preventative health care, which means 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.

Outpatient care includes appointments with doctors in five different health centres and dental health care in seven different dental clinics. Rehabilitation units are located at the main health centre (Tulliportinkatu) and at Harjula hospital. The maternity care and child health care units are located in several districts of the city. Every school has a school nurse for pupils.

In Harjula and Valkeinen hospitals have short and long-term wards. In Harjula hospital there is also an outpatient clinic, where specialist doctors of the city are practising.

Doctor-Nurse Team

On call/emergency doctor’s appointment’s for the same day are booked by the nurse of your area. You can also contact the switchboard for an advice, tel. 017 182111.

Appointments with the nurse or doctor are given by your personal team nurse from Monday to Friday between 08.00 and 10.00
The name of your doctor-nurse team can be found through the link Search, which leads to the finnish web page. You may search for a GP and your nursing team by entering your address (street name) or the area code. Team search gives you the name of your healthcenter, name or number of your team and a telephone number for booking your appointments. Enter your address to the form: Write name of the street and housenumber, that is all needed.

You can also consult your personal team nurse, for example in the event of regular follow-up appointments. Nurses also take care of wounds, remove stitches, prepare the renewing of prescriptions and, in some cases, write sick notes and nursing notes.

Contact details for dental care

Centralized dental care appointments
Mon – Fri between 7.45–16.00
Tel. 017 186 611

Appointments to Juankoski Dental Clinic
Mon – Fri between 7.45–16.00
Tel. 044 718 6680

On-call times on weekdays
Mon – Fri between 7.45–16.00
Tel. 017 186 611

On-call times on public holidays and on weekends
between 8.00–9.00
Tel. 017 174 020

On-call times outside office hours
On weekdays after 16.00, on public holidays and on weekdays: Kuopio University Hospital (KYS), tel. 017 174 500.


Fees for doctoral care

Appointment (General Practitioner) 20,90 e between 8 am and 8 pm, and 28,70 between 8 pm and 10 pm and on weekends and public holidays.
Appointment (Specialist Doctor) 41,70 e
Appointment with a nurse 11,50 e

If a scheduled appointment is not used, or cancelled by 24 hours prior appointment, a sum of 51,40 e will be exacted.


Fees for dental care

Fee of dental care will be charged by your dentist and you will receive an invoice for payment (no cash needed).
Term of payment of the invoice is 14 days. 

An overdue payment reminder will be sent once, after overdue payment  will be referred to the collection agency (will charge for their services).

Inquiries regarding payment, tel. +358 17 218 122 or +358 17 218 147
Inquiries regarding the invoice, tel. +358 17 186 60

Medication equipments

Residents who are chronically ill and disabled and living at home or in nursing homes are entitled to receive supplies needed for their medical care.

Medical supplies may include diapers, catheters, equipments for ostomy treatment and diabetes monitoring equipment such as insulin pens and needles.

Accident and emergency services

Out of office hours, the Acute evening and weekend general practitioner reception is in the Kuopio University Hospital (KYS, address: Puijonlaaksontie 2). This service is only for those in need of immediate first aid. In common illnesses, please contact your own health centre. Opening hours are found at frontpage.

Accident and emergency services (in Kuopio University Hospital)
- only for immediate assistance
Tel. +358 17 174 500


Emergency number

General emergency number in Finland:
112 (no area code needed)

Evening and weekend reception

Health Center doctor’s evening and weekend reception (in the Kuopio University Hospital, address Puijonlaaksontie 2)

Mon – Thu between 4 pm and 10 pm
Fri between 3 and 10 pm
on weekends and public holidays between 8 am and 10 pm


On-call times of Harjula Outpatient Clinic

Through outpatient clinic’s of Harjula hospital, appointments can be made for  specialist doctors and nurses. Specialities are geriatrics, paediatrics, neurology. All appointments require a doctor's referral.

Consultations and on-call hours for nurses
Mon - Fri between 12.00 - 13.00
Tel. +358 44 718 6416
Mon - Fri between 12.00  - 13.00
Tel. +358 44  718 1212
Heart-related illnesses (Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Mon - Fri between 11.30 - 12.00
Tel. +358 44 718 1091
Mon - Fri between 12.00  - 13.00
Tel. +358 44 718 1689
Tel. +358 44  718 1118
Mon - Fri between 11.30 - 12.30
Tel. +358 44 718 1215

Electronic prescription

The City of Kuopio is using electronic prescriptions. It is a prescription for medicines issued, signed electronically by a doctor. Doctors will provide patients with instructions, which include the names of medication and dosage instructions.
Instruction for using electronic prescriptions