Children and Adolescents' Outpatient Clinic provides specialist level examinations and care for patients who are under 20 years old and reside in Turku.
When your child becomes ill, primarily contact your local health station or a private clinic where a doctor assesses the situation and, if needed, writes a referral to follow-up treatment, for example, to Children and Adolescents’ Outpatient Clinic.
Itäinen Pitkäkatu 30, 20700 Turku
A child welfare notification should be done when there is concern for the well-being of a child.
Always make a child welfare notification if:
the child is physically abused or
there is relationship violence in a family with children.
Examples of reasons to become concerned about a child’s well-being:
Home care is service related to individual care and medical care.
Child welfare officers take care of matters related to the determination and verification of paternity when the parents are not married with each other, as well as verify the agreements related to the child’s guardianship, residence, visiting rights, and maintenance.
After the acknowledgement of fatherhood the child welfare officer delivers the paternity documents to the register office, where the paternity is verified.
The parents can make an agreement about the guardianship, residence, and visiting rights of the child. A Child Welfare Officer can verify the agreement between parents in case the parents agree with the contents of the agreement and if the agreement is in the best interests of the child.
The parents can agree on:
When the parents live separately, the child has a right to be in contact with and visit the parent he/she does not live with. Both parents are responsible for ensuring the visiting rights of the child. Whether the parent is the child’s guardian or not does not affect the child’s right to visit the parent. Visiting rights can only be confirmed between a child and a parent.
In addition to normal weekly routines, the visiting agreement can include holidays and vacations.
When parents live separated, they must decide which one of the parents the child is going to live with. The wish and opinion of the child are important, but the decision must not be left to the child.
When considering the residence of the child it is important to take into account how the living and other matters that belong to the everyday life of the child would best work out. From the point of view of the child the important matters are how day care and school can best be organized and how the child can preserve his/her important relationships.
If the parents of the child are married with each other, they are both guardians of the child. If the parents are not married with each other when the child is born, the mother is the sole guardian of the child. Guardianship of a child entails managing the child's affairs and making decisions concerning the child. The guardian is also entitled to get information about matters concerning the child from various officials and looks after the child’s financial matters.
Guardianship of a child means the managing of the child's personal affairs. The guardian has a right to decide about the child’s maintenance, upbringing, and place of residence. The guardian is entitled to receive information about matters concerning the child from various officials, and the guardian also represents the child. The guardian also looks after the child’s financial matters.
The amount of child maintenance support can be changed, if the conditions have substantially changed after the verification of the maintenance support and the change in the maintenance support can be considered reasonable for the parent paying the maintenance support.
Changes can be made to a previously verified maintenance support either with a new mutual agreement between the parents or a by court’s decision.
Child maintenance support is a money payment with which a parent participates in the costs of child maintenance. Parents can agree on the maintenance support between the two of them or together with a child welfare officer. A mutual agreement between parents is not enforceable i.e. distrainable. Also, it does not entitle to child maintenance allowance from Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland), and the parent with the maintenance obligation cannot deduct it in his/her taxation.
A child welfare officer can verify the agreement if the parents agree with its contents.
According to the legislation regarding child maintenance, both parents have the obligation to maintain their child. If a parent does not take care of the child’s maintenance in other ways or if the child does not live permanently by his/her parents, a child maintenance support can be assigned to be paid to the child. If the parents do not live together, the parent who does not live with the child usually takes care of his/her maintenance obligation by paying a monthly maintenance support.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit serves patients who experience an acute mental health crisis, some other mentally straining situation, or a crisis situation related to substance abuse. Treatment can be sought through the Joint Emergency Services.
Open around the clock
At the unit the need for psychiatric help is evaluated, first aid is given for difficult psychological symptoms, and the patient is guided to follow-up treatment if needed. A specialty doctor and a specialty nurse in psychiatry work at the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit.
The first place to seek help for mental health related matters is a local health station. If the doctor assesses that specialised level psychiatric care is needed, he or she will give a referral to a special health care psychiatrist in Hospital District of Southwest Finland.
The first place to seek help for mental health related matters is a health station. In cases of more severe mental health problems the health station doctor will give a referral to a special health care psychiatrist in Hospital District of Southwest Finland.
Outpatient and inpatient treatment applies individual, family and group treatment, short and long-term therapy, as well as rehabilitation and medical treatment.
The place to contact in cases of children's and adolescents' mental health problems is the Mother and Child Welfare Clinic, the school nurse, or your local health station. If the doctor assesses that specialised level care is needed, he or she will give a referral to special health care psychiatry in Hospital District of Southwest Finland.
The Child Upbringing and Family Counselling Clinic can be contacted if there are problems related to the development and upbringing of the child or difficulties related to the situation of the family.
The first place to seek help for mental health related matters is a health station. Common problems related to mental health are, for example, prolonged stress, sleeping disorders, depression, anxiety, and panic symptoms. You should not delay seeking help because early support can prevent the development of serious problems. Mental health services are given also in Mother and Child Welfare Clinics, School Health Care, Social Services, and Home Care for the Elderly.
Many Turku residents worry about problems with mental health and substance abuse. You yourself, your family member, or some other close person may have problems. The earlier you get help for mental health and substance abuse problems, the easier it is to treat them.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Turku offer non-institutional, hospital and institutional care, as well as housing services. These web pages contain information about different services, places of care, and how to seek treatment.
The task of social ombudsman is statutory and is defined by the Act on the Status and Rights of Social Welfare Clients, i.e. the Social Welfare Clients Act.
The social ombudsman advises the clients with matters related to social welfare, such as making a reminder related to the service and treatment in social welfare services and using other means of legal protection.
The task of the patient ombudsman is dictated by the Act on the Status and Rights of Patients. The patient ombudsman provides information about the patient’s rights and acts to promote and enforce them. The officer also helps the patient to make a reminder, complaint or a notice of patient injury to the Patient Insurance Centre.
The patient ombudsman is an impartial and independent expert and does not take a stand on medical care decisions, or whether a treatment injury has occurred in the patient’s care.
Fees charged for each visit
Dental hygienist 10,30 €
Dentist 13,30 €
Specialized dentist 19,40 €
Basic oral examination 19,10 €
Basic oral examination, brief 8,50 €
Basic oral examination, extensive 38,00 €
Dental calculus removal 8,50 € - 55,60 €
The fee is based on the time used
Filling 19,10 € - 55,60 €
Depends on the size of the filling
Preventive treatment 8,50 €
Services such as fluoridation, home care guidance, etc.
Root canal treatment 19,10 € - 55,60 €
Outpatient surgery fees concern only the fees of the Ear, nose and throat diseases outpatient clinic and are included in the payment ceiling.
A fee of 135,10 euros (1.1.2018) will be charged for an outpatient surgery that is conducted in an operating room and requires general anaesthesia, extensive local anaesthesia or intravenous medication.
If the procedure meets the criteria of an outpatient surgery but is conducted elsewhere than the unit of outpatient surgery, the outpatient surgery fee will be charged.
You can get a referral to children’s physiotherapy from a child welfare clinic, school health care or your local health station. A referral to physiotherapy for adults and the elderly can be acquired from occupational health care, school or student health care, or from one’s local health station.
Referral inquiries from the waiting list manager:
on weekdays 11:00–12:00, tel. +358 (0)2 266 2290
Phone hour for physiotherapy:
on weekdays 8:00–9:00, tel. +358 (0)2 266 2266
Speech therapy is rehabilitation of speech, tongue, communication, swallowing and voice. The planning and implementation of the rehabilitation often requires careful co-operation between experts of different fields and the customer’s immediate surroundings.
Forms of implementing speech therapy are examination, guidance, counselling, therapy and follow-up. Tasks of a speech therapist also include distributing information about communication disorders. The speech therapist can give instruction on the use of augmentative and alternative communication methods if needed.