Home care, medical tests, blood donation

Nurses and laboratories Luxembourg

Do you need a blood test or medical analysis? Are you coming home from hospital or clinic and need to receive medical care at home?
Here's all the information you need to receive medical care at home, or have a medical test or blood sample taken.

Here you will also find all the information you need to donate blood.

Nurses - home care in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, you can receive medical treatment and care at home or at work.

Home visits and nursing care

You can find a list of independent homecare nurses on doctena.lu. They are fully qualified to give injections prescribed by your doctor, remove stitches or post-operative staples, take blood samples, change dressings or renew bandages, etc.

You may be reimbursed for the cost of home medical care, subject to a doctor's prescription and certain conditions.

Working as a nurse in Luxembourg

Would you like to work as a nurse? Nursing is a regulated profession in Luxembourg. To work as a nurse, you need a diploma recognized by the Ministry of Health.

Are you already a nurse? A nursing diploma issued by a country other than the Grand Duchy can be recognized on request and under certain conditions. For more information, click here.

Private home help companies in Luxembourg

A number of private companies also provide home medical care in Luxembourg.

They also provide other care on request, such as assistance with personal hygiene, elimination, nutrition, clothing and mobility.

They generally also provide domestic help for the elderly, dependent or disabled. This care is covered by the long-term care insurance scheme, once the application has been processed. Companies authorized to provide such care include :

  • Help Syrdall Heem
  • Help.lu
  • the Stëftung Hëllef Doheem foundation, Luxembourg's largest homecare network.
  • Verbandskecht.

The Luxsenior. lu website will give you more detailed information on all the homecare networks and services for elderly and dependent people.

Medical analyses and blood tests in Luxembourg

Do you need a medical test or blood test? You can visit any of Luxembourg's laboratories at your convenience.

Medical analysis laboratories

From Covid, we recommend that you make an appointment in advance. Find out about opening times and procedures by calling ahead or visiting the laboratory's website.

Medical analysis costs may also be covered by health insurance companies and mutual health insurance plans .

For your blood tests, you can turn to private health laboratories or to the Laboratoire National de Santé, a public laboratory located in Dudelange, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.

Covid screening tests in Luxembourg

To detect a possible Covid infection, you can opt for rapid antigenic tests, a PCR test or a serological test. 

Antigenic self-tests can be carried out by anyone using the self-tests recommended in Luxembourg. If the Covid test proves positive, you will have to self-isolate and follow the procedure in force.

Self-tests are available from chemists and even supermarkets. You'll also find surgical masks and FFP2 masks.

In all other cases, you'll need to contact a medical analysis laboratory. In the event of a positive test, follow-up is organized by the Ministry of Health. The establishment that performed the test makes the necessary declarations to the authorities.

You will then receive a quarantine order, which you must comply with. Quarantine is carried out at home. 

AIDS tests - HIV

HIV testing is anonymous and free of charge. Several organizations offer these tests.

HIV testing in hospitals

HIV tests can be carried out at several hospitals in the country: CHL, Emile Mayrisch and Ettelbrück Hospital.

A mobile DIMPS unit, set up in collaboration with the CHL and the Ministry of Health, also reaches out to the population. Run by the Red Cross, this service promotes the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and promotes good sexual health.

The aim is to extend free, anonymous screening for HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C to "at-risk" populations, as well as to anyone else who is interested.

Red Cross Berodung: HIV tests

If you would like to take advantage of a fast, free and anonymous AIDS test, you can also go without an appointment and without a doctor's prescription to one of the Red Cross' HIV-Berodung services.

HIV self-testing

In a bid to halt the spread of AIDS among the Luxembourg population, self-tests are now available.

Give blood in Luxembourg to save lives

Despite active blood and platelet donation campaigns in Luxembourg, there are still too few donors. And yet, the need is only increasing. Donate your blood to give a chance and help those in desperate need.  

Become a blood donor

Would you like to help the sick or injured? Hospitals are always on the lookout for blood donors, especially if you are a rare donor.

In Luxembourg, if you want to donate blood, the Red Cross is the place to go. The Red Cross is the only institution in Luxembourg authorized to collect blood from donors at the Centre de Transfusions Sanguines in Luxembourg.

How can I give blood in Luxembourg?

To become a donor in Luxembourg, you must submit a specific registration request, in order to be included in the "Donor Register".

Only people registered in the Blood Donor Register can donate blood. There are several ways to register: complete the online blood donation form, visit the Red Cross or contact us,

After an interview, a few administrative formalities and a medical examination, you will be registered as an official donor in Luxembourg.

To be a donor in Luxembourg, however, certain conditions must be met:

  • be aged between 18 and 60 ,
  • weigh at least 50kg 
  • be in good health.

How often and how often can I donate blood in Luxembourg?

Once you've registered, you'll be invited to give blood 3 or 4 times a year.

To give blood, please bring your invitation, donor card and/or identity card. When you arrive at the center, you will receive a follow-up questionnaire to complete.

You can then donate blood, plasma or platelets.

Blood donation takes between 6 and 12 minutes, depending on the donor.) Donating platelets or plasma takes longer. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

Leave from your company to donate blood

Ask your employer for details.In Luxembourg, some companies give their employees 2 to 4 hours off work to donate blood! So there's no excuse not to help save lives.

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