All around Italy dial 113 for the police (also ambulance and fire).
In case of a medical emergency, dial 118. Ask a passerby to call for you if you don’t have a cell phone; in Italian, 118 is “centodiciotto” (pronounced CHEN-toh dee-CHOH-toh). If you call out this number when there are people nearby, someone will surely make the call for you. This is not a generalized emergency number like 911 in the United States so don’t call it in case of a crime or a fire, unless someone is injured.
Again, the numbers to memorize and call in a real emergency are 113 and 118.
Contact Harvard Travel Assist (HTA) at 001-617-998-0000. They can assist you, direct you, and have you verify on the phone the nature of the emergency with a doctor. You may call any day, any time (24/7). You may also email HTA at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This method may result in a longer response time, as this is the non-emergency email, but if the student sends along the information on how to connect back to them, HTA will make every effort to do so.
In case of any problem also call Prof. Erspamer (345-591-3290), Chiara (320 694 6554), or Julianne (331 265 4081).
In Milan the closest hospital to the Residence Pola is the Ospedale Niguarda, tel. 02-6444-1 (a little more than two miles from the Residence). The closest hospital to IULM (only half a mile) is the Ospedale San Paolo, tel. 02-81-841.
If you need a doctor, a dentist, a psychologist, or a chiropractor, the following medical centers will be able to assist you in English (please check their sites for office hours and locations):
– American International Medical Center, tel. 02-5831-9808
– International Health Center, tel. 02-7634-0720
– Milan Medical Center, tel. 02-4399-0401.
A list of English speaking physicians and dentists available for private consultation in Milan is provided by the U.S. Consulate in Milan.
For emergencies or specialized needs, the general hospital in Siena is the Ospedale Santa Maria alle Scotte, tel. 0577-585-111. It’s just outside the city center, behind the railway station.
If you need a doctor in Siena, a medical office conveniently located is the Studio Medico Siena Centro in via di Pantaneto 105 (open Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM). Otherwise this is a list of family doctors that you can call. Not all of them speak English.
A list of medical facilities and English speaking doctors available for private consultation in Florence and Tuscany is provided by the U.S. Consulate in Florence.
Always carry with you the Harvard Travel Assist card.