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If you need medical treatment as a result of a crime, do not hesitate to seek it immediately by going to a hospital or health centre. Inform the healthcare professional who attends you that your injuries are the result of a crime and do remember that the medical report is very important for criminal proceedings, or for any potential compensation claim or insurance claim.

The emergency telephone number in Portugal is 112 (European Emergency Number). Calls are free and the service operates 24 hours a day all year round. The 112 emergency number is linked to the Integrated Medical Emergency System (Sistema Integrado de Emergência Médica, SIEM), which comprises several organisations working towards the common objective of providing support to accident victims or people who are taken ill suddenly. These organisations are the Public Safety Police (Polícia de Segurança Pública, PSP), the National Republican Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana, GNR), the National Medical Emergency Institute (Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica, INEM), the Fire Service (Bombeiros), the Portuguese Red Cross (Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa, CVP), and hospitals and health centres. INEM is the section of the Ministry of Health responsible for coordinating SIEM operations in mainland Portugal.

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