Social and health care services

Photo: Maarit Miettinen

Residents in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen can seek medical attention in the emergency health centres in the neighbouring city on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., as well as on weekends and on public holidays. The night and weekend emergency health centre services are intended for patients who cannot wait for examination and care until the next working day due to acute illness. Emergency health centres in joint use are the Haartman, Jorvi, Malmi, and Peijas hospitals and the Children’s Hospital.

The joint dental health emergency department for Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi is at the Haartman hospital in Helsinki. The dental health emergency department handles urgent and sudden dental emergencies. The department is open in the evening, at weekends and on public holidays. Each respective municipality is responsible for providing its own daytime emergency services.

The cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and the municipality of Kirkkonummi have a joint unit for specialist dental care. The unit handles those basic health care patients who require specialist dental care and whose treatment does not require hospital facilities. The unit also serves as a training location for specialising dentists.

HUS, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, is a Joint Authority that organises specialised medical care for residents of its member municipalities and in especially demanding illnesses also for the whole population of Finland.

The Centre of Excellence on Social Welfare in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Socca) develops social welfare services in Finland’s metropolitan area while providing a meeting place for social welfare professionals.

Environmental health

The task of the Espoo region environmental healthcare services (in Finnish) is to protect residents in Espoo, Kauniainen, and Kirkkonummi from health risks caused by the living environment. The unit monitors foodstuffs, foodstuff localities, chemicals, the quality of household and swimming water, and health and safety in housing, schools and nurseries, amongst other things. Veterinary services and animal protection also form part of its operations.
[City of Espoo]


The Apotti programme (in Finnish) aims to develop the social welfare and health care services. The purpose of the Apotti programme is to acquire a client and patient data system, which, among other things, allows more improved electronic services and guarantees real-time access to information regardless of the service and caregiving location. Apotti is a cooperative project. Participants include Helsinki, Vantaa, Kirkkonummi, Kauniainen and HUS (the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa). The rest of the HUS-district’s local governments can participate in the project via procurement company KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy.

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