According to European and National standards, it is of a major benefit to have basic services spread out on local territory, concentrating the highly specialized ones in hospitals. The better the healthcare system, the fewer the need of hospital care. Find out how National Healthcare System works : click on every button to discover activities, structures, operators who take care of your needs. Read more about the healthcare services in your area
PPI – Punto di primo intervento (First Aid Service) and PPI Pediatrici (Pediatrician First Aid Service)
are healthcare structures where you can get visited by a doctor from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays, for “small” urgencies whenever the First Aid is not necessary. PPI doctors, if necessary, can be joined by specialists. A range of medical analysis (laboratory, radiology, etc), if required, can be done.
62 PPI Pediatrici (Pediatrician First Aid Services) are established to guarantee a pediatrician’s availability from 10am to 8 pm.
Emergency medical services
It is a 24h assistance service located almost everywhere over the country that guarantees the availability of a doctor on nights and weekend. You can reach such service via telephone. No ticket payment is due.
118 - Emergency Medical System
Any “small” urgency, go to your general practitioner, family pediatrician or to PPI – Punto di Primo Intervento (First Aid Service).
The “118” should intervene in the event of life danger or high risk of safety.
The “118” service is organized as follows:
- Emergency Response Centers answer calls and send emergency vehicles with medical equipment
- Emergency vehicles, Ambulances, Intermediate Life Support emergency vehicles with nurses, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services
- Territorial emergency system (P.T.E, GM)
- Hospital services
The Emergency Response Centers of Palermo, Catania, Messina, Caltanissetta, manage the delivery of emergency vehicles.
They work with all people involved in First Aid or PTE – Presidio territoriale di emergenza Network, to make sure that assistance for the patient is guaranteed:
- Ictus Network
- Heart Attack Network
- Maternity and Childhood Network
- Polytrauma Network
- Intensive care Network
- Transplant Network
- Lung Network
- Gastroentheritis Network