How to get to the doctor during the Hessentag

Stethoscope - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / kmituOne of the questions that local residents in Oberursel have asked most about the Hessentag is how to get somewhere not related to the event but still within the town, the doctor’s surgery being probably the most frequent.

Those that were present at an information evening in the Stadthalle last December will also have heard one of the doctors who has a surgery in the centre of Oberursel ask how his patients are meant to get there.

The answer from the stage back then was that it would be nice if he closed his surgery for the 10 days and celebrated the Hessentag with everyone else.  This was certainly not the answer he wanted to hear, and I suspect his patients were not too pleased either.

Which makes answering the question a little difficult, as I am not aware of any other official answer.

One of the obvious things to consider is to make sure that all non-essential treatment does not fall on one of those 10 days.  As far as any doctors are concerned, this answer is not good for business, but probably the reality of the situation.

For anyone who does need to see a doctor, then using the U-Bahn to get into the town centre is probably going to be the best answer, although for many this means walking to the station and then from the station to the surgery.

It might also be worth asking the doctor if he or she is making house calls during the Hessentag, especially if they live outside of the closed-off area and are just as inconvenienced themselves.

If that is not feasible, then driving or getting a lift to an emergency session at Bad Homburg hospital might be an idea, or even asking your doctor to recommend a colleague in one of the nearby towns.  If the problem is not serious, then you could consider calling 19222 to organise a Krankentransport.

But at the end of the day, if you do not have any other choice then you will have to dial 112 and call an ambulance.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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