An emergency is a life-threatening situation. Most public hospitals have an accident and emergency department that is open 24 hours. It is, however, intended for serious cases.
If there is an emergency concerning a person near you (e.g. an accident), it is extremely important for you to give first aid to maintain important bodily functions such as consciousness, breathing and circulation. You can attend a course to learn what to do.
Emergency numbers for Switzerland can be reached 24/7
Your call will be taken by a qualified dispatcher. Depending on the message, all the necessary emergency services (ambulance, doctor, rescue helicopter, police and/ or fire brigade) will be alerted immediately.
The telephone number 144 or 112 can be dialled from public telephones, fixed line and mobile connections free of charge and without an area code.
The following information is important for the emergency services switchboard
Do not finish the call until the dispatcher has confirmed that he has initiated the corresponding measures.