Browsing through the new fire brigade calendar (yes, it's that time of year again) I came across a new (to me) emergency number: 114.
I knew 112, the mobile phone number that works right across the EU, but 114?
This number is reserved for the deaf, the hard of hearing or anyone who has difficulty speaking (even if you've merely lost your voice due to a sore throat!). So if you have a problem like this, don't call 15, 17 or 18, dial 114.
The way it works: send an SMS or a fax to 114 with the details, using the journalistic intro bible --Who, What, Where, if necessary When, Why and How. The 114 service will then contact the emergency service you need and send help.
If you just need a doctor or a dentist and the surgery's closed, it's a weekend, bank holiday or just a "pont", and it's not an emergency -- your baby's running a temperature, for example, and you're worried ... don't call 15 except as a last resort. You should have a separate number for the on-call doctor. In Lozère it's 0810 604 608, but as the service is organised regionally or departmentally by the ARS (Agence Régionale de Santé) or your local CHU (University Hospital), it's not the same number everywhere.
I haven't been able to find a list of all these numbers so, if you don't have your local number, try searching for "permanence des soins numero telephone" and add the name of your département. This should produce the number. You could also ask the mairie, your doctor or even the chemist. Or look on the web site of your ARS (Agence Regionale de Santé) or the Conseil Général.
I will be adding the gist of this to the "It's an emergency" page of Useful Links as well as the "Get Help" page.