What is the difference between out-of-hours GP services and emergency care?


In case of conditions that require immediate medical attention and may even become life-threatening without urgent intervention, the emergency care services or the ambulance service should be called. Contacting the emergency care units of the Clinical Centre of the University of Debrecen is recommended only in case of a sudden onset of a condition that progressively worsens. 

In case of a medical emergency, please call the National Ambulance Service at 112.

Waiting in emergency care (including ambulance, medical on-call service and the emergency departments as well) is significantly influenced by their use with non-emergency cases. If one uses emergency care instead of general practitioners or organised specialty clinics with non-acute symptoms (disease of multiple days or weeks without deterioration), it significantly increases waiting time. It may also occur that waiting time in an emergency department is longer than at the general practitioner or specialty clinics.

In case of health problems lasting for weeks and where the condition is not deteriorating, it is better to wait for tomorrow and visit your general practitioner or an outpatient clinic. It is better also for the forgetful and they help other patients as well if they do not use the emergency service to urgently replace their medications for their chronic diseases, but they ask for the prescription from their general practitioner.


In the case of conditions requiring emergency care the symptoms:

  • start suddenly (trauma, poisoning, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular disorders, cerebral circulation disorders, thermal traumas, electric shock, accidents in water, acute chest disasters),
  • have a rapid course (minutes, hours)
  • the deterioration of the condition is clearly visible and rapid
  • significance of time, the “golden hours” of the patient - visible and perceivable deterioration of the condition within a short time


However, going to the closest emergency care facility in case of the following symptoms might save lives:

  • dyspnea, chest pain
  • bleeding, sudden inability to move or to speak, loss of sensation of limbs
  • sudden inability to move or speak, loosing sensation in the legs or in the arms
  • collapse, intoxication, allergic reaction
  • hemoptysis, hematemesis, sustained vomiting or diarrhea
  • changes in the mental state, disturbed or unusual behavior, suicidal thoughts
  • suddenly appearing headache of a strength never experienced before, visual disturbance
  • scar requiring care, burns
  • broken bone, head injury, sudden arthralgia
  • persistent dizziness, weakness
  • permanent, incurable pain
  • fast, irregular feeling of heartbeat
  • heart rate below 40/minute with weakness, dizziness, change in the level of consciousness, feeling of collapse and loss of consciousness.


2. EMERGENCY SERVICE IN PRIMARY CARE (for the citizens of Debrecen)

Out-of-hours GP services for adults and children living in Debrecen are provided by the National Ambulance Service on the premises of the Cinical Centre of the University of Debrecen. For adults, out-of-hours services in primary care is provided at the Emergency Clinic, while children with emergency issues are treated at the Department of Paediatrics.

Patients are encouraged to turn to the out-of-hours services with complaints with which they would otherwise visit their GPs. These conditions are NOT acute, do NOT require emergency care, and are NOT life-threatening. This means that outside of the consulting hours of your GP, with problems you would otherwise visit them - sich as an urgent request for prescription, fever, throat pain etc. - you should turn to the out-of-hours GP services. 



These services are available from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am on weekdays, and 24 hours a day at weekends and on public holidays.

Location: University of Debrecen, Clinical Centre, Central Emergency Clinic - 4032 Debrecen, Nagyerdei körút 98

Telephone number: 52/506-303 (can be called day and night)



Available from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am on weekdays, and 24 hours a day at weekends and on public holidays.

Location: University of Debrecen, Clinical Centre, Paediatric Clinic - 4032 Debrecen, Nagyerdei körút 98

Telephone number: 52/506-303 (can be called day and night)



Dental emergency care provided to Debrecen citizens (adults and children alike) with sudden dental complaint, eg. acute pulpitis, periostitis, bleeding, or accidents involving teeth, is available at weekends and on public holidays from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. 

  • Location: Debrecen, Rákóczy utca 7 (medical room B)
  • Telephone number: 52/420-371, +36 302717 600
  • info@forumdental.hu


Last update: 2022. 02. 04. 12:53