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Venice's ambulances and hospital emergency room
Here's how to get help during a medical emergency in Venice, Italy.
If you have a medical emergency in Venice, you're in luck (relatively speaking): The city's public hospital is large and well-equipped, with a 24/7 emergency room.
How to call an ambulance:
Dial single EU emergency number) and tell the multilingual dispatcher that you need an ambulance.(the
Or, if you prefer, you can call(the older, dedicated Italian phone number for medical emergencies).
A water ambulance will speed to a canal near you, and emergency responders will rush the rest of the way with their portable equipment. If you need to be taken to the hospital, you'll be rolled or carried to the ambulance in a special wheelchair.
The ambulance will deliver you to the hospital's emergency entrance on the Fondamente Nove:
Going to the emergency room (pronto soccorso):
Venice's Ospedale Civile, or Civic Hospital, is a large complex that lies between the(by the basilica of the same name) and the on the Venetian Lagoon.
The pronto soccorso or emergency entrance faces the water, but you can reach the emergency room from the Campo if you're walking from an inland location. Just enter the hospital via the historic entrance facing the square and tell the receptionist that you need pronto soccorso.
If you're coming by vaporetto or public water bus, get off at Ospedale and walk the short distance to the emergency entrance. (Click here and scroll down to "Public transport services to the hospital" for waterbus directions.)
From the Ospedale waterbus stop, turn right as you leave the boat platform and continue to the "Emergency + Pronto Soccorso" entrance by the ambulance pier.
If you're on the Lido or the mainland:
Call or click here to see addresses and phone numbers of other hospitals and pronto soccorso locations on the Lido di Venezia, in Mestre or Marghera, or on smaller islands in the Venetian Lagoon.or for an ambulance,
Tips for using medical services in Venice:
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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