Accidents & Emergencies

If you witness an accident or need an ambulance in an emergency situation, the number to call is 999. Anyone can receive emergency treatment in government hospitals but charges apply to anyone without a health card. Some private hospitals have accident and emergency (A&E) departments but unless you have private medical insurance, you’ll be landed with a large bill. Your best bet is to check with your insurer that you are covered for treatment in a particular hospital before heading there.

Where to go
Of the government hospitals, Rashid Hospital deals with most emergency cases as it has a well-equipped A&E department. Dubai Hospital also has an emergency unit. Latifa Hospital offers emergency services to children under the age of 12 and women with maternity or gynaecological emergencies, but it does not deal with trauma cases. The Iranian Hospital has a busy A&E. Rashid Hospital receives all trauma patients; all other medical emergencies are transported to Dubai Hospital with the exception of cardiac, neurological and gastrointestinal patients, who are taken to Rashid or a speciality hospital.

Paramedics
While finding a place to get emergency treatment is easy, Dubai’s paramedic services are somewhat underdeveloped. Ambulance response times are below those in most western cities but in recent years, a large number of well-equipped response vehicles have been added and times have improved. When you call 999 (which goes through to Dubai Police) an ambulance will be dispatched to take the patient to the relevant hospital depending on the type of medical treatment needed.

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