The National Rescue Service (in Hungarian: Országos Mentőszolgálat, OMSZ) is a unified public healthcare institute of which the leading role is to provide emergency medical and paramedical help.
The OMSZ was founded in 1948. Since then the institution has been continuously changing and developing. Today, 255 paramedic stations can be found nationwide where approximately 8.500 employees work. Last year, the paramedic units provided medical services for nearly 1.2 million patients. The employees at the OMSZ work complying with unified professional protocols and with unified medical equipment.
The head of OMSZ is the directoral-general.
Aside from ensuring emergency medical help, OMSZ is also concerned with paramedic and regular patient transport, where (resulting from the patient’s condition) a need for emergency medical intervention and examination might occur at any time during transport.
OMSZ’s scope of activities
OMSZ’s scope of activities extend to the following throughout the country:
- providing standby emergency medical service at events;
- emergency care providing;
- national supervision of first aid provision;
- ensuring medical help in an evacuation;
- elimination of natural catastrophes and mass casualties.
It also provides authorities with a medical professional opinion and participate in the development of paramedic service.
How can OMSZ help you?
In case of an emergency or if your medical condition requires the help of paramedics, dial the emergency number. In Hungary everyone is entitled to call for the paramedics regardless of their citizenship or their health insurance status.
Emergency number and patient information: 112
How to contact OMSZ?
Headquarters: 1055 Budapest, Markó utca 22.
Mail address: Országos Mentőszolgálat Főigazgatósága, 1395 Budapest, Pf.: 426.
Phone: (+36 1) 350 3737, Fax: (+36 1) 320 9153