We hope that you stay safe and in good health in Cyprus, however, should the need arise there are modern government hospitals in each of the major cities of Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol, each with an accident and emergency department where emergency care is provided free to all. For other hospital visits you will need to obtain a medical card to enable you to get reduced cost treatment. Those without a medical card can still use the Government Medical Services, but will likely have to pay the full costs for any / all treatment obtained. See more information here.
The Health Services provided include:-
(i) Out-patient care by general practitioners and specialists care to both out-patients and inpatients.
(ii) The necessary drugs and pharmaceutical material.
(iii) Diagnostic and paramedical examinations.
(v) Dental care, except for dentures which are provided to certain low income groups.
(vi) Medical rehabilitation and provision of prosthetic and orthopedic appliances.
(vii) Domiciliary visiting, in exceptional cases (for saving life or averting serious disability).
(viii) Transport of the patient as his condition requires.
People entitled to free medical care will need to pay around €2 per out-patient visit, and those entitled to reduced fees care pay 50% of the fees. *Prices quoted may differ to current hospital charges due to changes made in 2012.
*Please note that Cyprus is currently undergoing the implementation of a completely new Public Health Service, and we will try to update this page with any relevant information as and when we receive it.The first part of the new Public Health Services should be implemented in 2015.
Organ donation is slowly becoming more accepted by Cypriots, who until recently have been reluctant to put their name on the list of organ donors. Kidney transplants are performed regularly and the success rates in Cyprus are very good. The European Union is looking at ways to implement a European Organ Donor Card, but up to now nothing has been agreed. If you wish to be an organ donor in the event of your death, it is advisable to speak to your doctor or local hospital in Cyprus.
There is a Cancer Prevention Program which implements a Mobile Cancer Diagnosis Unit that administers the Pap-Test and Mammography to women in Cyprus free of charge.
There is also the Europa Donna program for free breast cancer screening and help, albeit still in a limited capacity.
Blood donors are also welcome at all the major city hospitals. Each hospital has a blood donors department where you can register for free and donate blood.
Private hospitals, clinics and poly clinics are quite numerous throughout Cyprus and offer a very good standard of care, although this has to be paid for. It is recommended that you take out private medical insurance which will cover you for any hospital treatment in Cyprus, both government and private hospitals.
Most private hospitals can provide the same operations and medical care as the public hospitals, but have better waiting times and facilities.
Useful telephone numbers
• Emergency Call 112
• Famagusta General Hospital +357 23 200000
• Nicosia Makareio Hospital +357 22 405000
• Nicosia New General Hospital +357 22 603000
• Larnaca Old General Hospital +357 24 304312
• Larnaca Makareio Hospital +357 24 800500
• Limassol Old General Hospital +357 25 305333
• Limassol New General Hospital +357 25 801100
• Paphos General Hospital +357 26 800500
• Hospital Information 1400
• Drugs/Narcotics/Helpline 1410
• Doctors On Call 90901432
Pharmacies (or chemists as some of us may refer to them) are numerous in Cyprus. The standard opening hours are much the same as general shops, usually around 9am to 6pm, and most will close for lunch.
Each city will have a late duty roster which will generally have three nominated pharmacies open for dispensing of emergency prescriptions. The duty pharmacies will stay open late each night until 10pm in the winter months, and 11pm in the summer months, and all day sunday.
Details of the nominated duty pharmacies can be found in the local Greek or English papers, or you can call to any of the following numbers that have a recording giving details of the duty pharmacies for that day. At the time of writing, calls to these numbers cost 16 cents per minute.
24-hour Pharmacies Information Lines
Medication and prescription prices are controlled by the Government and all pharmacies should have the same prices. Please note that as of 10th January 2011 the Government imposed 5% VAT duty on all medicines. You may find that your doctor has prescribed you a differently named prescription to what you were prescribed in the UK. This is normal as branded medications differ in Cyprus to the UK although the contents will be the same, so your Doctor may prescribe you with a local equivalent, which is often cheaper. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts about your prescription.
Pharmacists throughout Cyprus speak excellent English, and are very helpful and friendly. Dispensing of prescriptions is much the same as the UK, where it will be dispensed immediately, or during very busy times, within half an hour.