If you need emergency medical assistance dial either 112 (the pan-European emergency number) or 199 and ask for an ambulance (asthenoforo – as?e??f???).
You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment. Ensure you carry your insurance papers and passport with you.
There is one main public hospital in Nicosia run by the Cypriot government.
Nicosia General Hospital:
Nicosia – Limassol Old Road
Tel: +357 22 603000
Nicosia has a large variety of private hospitals to choose from, and though they do charge fees, these are usually affordable compared to the US and other EU private clinics.
|Hippocrateon Private Hospital||+357 22 502000|
|Apollonion Private Hospital||+357 22 469000|
|Aretaieio Private Hospital||+357 22 200300|
Pharmacies in Nicosia are typically open from 9 AM until noon, and then reopen from 3 PM to 6 or 7 PM. There are always some pharmacies open overnight in the big cities in case of emergencies, and in Nicosia these include Lilia Papapetrou Kyprianou (+357 22 336095) and Kiriakoudis Michalis (+357 22 344877). To find more such pharmacies, use the Cyprus Pharmacy Directory and Search Engine.
Unlike some other countries, pharmacies in Cyprus tend to be their own separate shops, rather than connected to supermarkets and other big chains. Most Cypriot pharmacists will have a high level of fluency in English, or at the very least will have someone working in the shop that does, especially in the big cities.
Keep in mind that foreign prescriptions may not be accepted at local pharmacies, so if you have a prescription you need to fill, bring a decent supply with you when you move and make an appointment with a local doctor upon arrival to get a new local prescriptions.
There really aren't any precautions to take into account when purchasing medication in Cyprus that are particular to the country. Pharmacies in Cyprus tend to be very clean and well kept, so patients should have little to no fear of any kind of contamination or problems with the medication they receive.
The only thing you should keep in mind is that your medications may be sold under a different name in Cyprus, so make sure there is no confusion as to what medication you are purchasing and receiving.
The cost of medication in Cyprus tends to be quite low, as the government controls prices. This also means that every pharmacy should theoretically be selling medications at the same price throughout the island.
Antibiotics require a prescription in Cyprus.
You can check the price of any medication you require at the Cyprus Living website.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Nicosia is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Cyprus. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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