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Pre-hospital emergency services

The pre-hospital emergency services of the Varsinais-Suomi (southwest) region of Finland consist of emergency patient transport and emergency treatment provided outside hospitals.

There are 34 units of pre-hospital emergency service in operation within our region. In addition, pre-hospital emergency services are provided by the Maritime rescue unit of the Finnish border guard, the pre-hospital emergency response units of the municipalities of the region and of the Finnish Red Cross and by the the physician-augmented unit of FH20 (FinnHEMS, i.e. government-owned helicopter emergency medical services). We perform about 65,000 pre-hospital emergency assignments annually.

Service level decision

A more detailed description of the accessibility, quality and content of pre-hospital emergency services is documented in the service level decision of pre-hospital emergency services approved by the Council of the hospital district.