In English

Welcome to the general medical practice of Dr Caroline Spencer and the health centre ‘De Vier Trappen’ in Schoorl.

In the Dutch healthcare system, the general practitioner is the first port of call for most medical care. The ambulance service (dial 112) should only be called in life-threatening situations but in all other cases you must contact a general practitioner first.

If you live in Schoorl, Groet, or Camperduin you are welcome to register with our practice where English is spoken (Dr Spencer worked for over 10 years as a general practitioner in the UK). Please complete this registration form which is also available from the surgery. Bring the completed form to the surgery and hand it to one of the practice assistants along with proof of identity and your health insurance card.

If you are on holiday or visiting from outside the Netherlands, then registration with the practice is not necessary, but a consultation with the doctor must be paid for in cash. You will receive a receipt with which you can then reclaim from your health insurer in your home country. Please ring beforehand for an appointment.

If you have an urgent (but non life-threatening) problem that needs seeing to as soon as possible, you can dial 072-5091288 and press 1 for emergencies, or dial 072-5095000.

If you want to make an appointment please dial 072-5091288 and press 3 to speak to the practice assistant. Calls for appointments are taken between 08:00 and 10:00 in the morning and 14:00 and 15:00 in the afternoon. Test results can also be obtained over the phone during these times but please note that, because of privacy laws, adults can only obtain their own test-results, and not those of other adult family members or relations.

The surgery is open at the following times:-

Monday 08:00-17:00

Tuesday 08:00-17:00

Wednesday 08:00 – 12:30 [closed Wednesday afternoons]

Thursday 08:00 – 17:00

Friday 08:00 – 17:00


During Wednesday afternoons when the practice is closed, Dr E.J.Hartendorp, De Sanderij 3, Schoorl can be contacted for urgent problems only (that cannot not wait until the next morning) on 072-5091438.


At all other times the out-of-hours service at the Huisartsenpost, Hertog Aalbrechtweg 5a, 1823 DL, Alkmaar, can be contacted for urgent problems between 17:00 pm and 08:00 am on weekdays and all day during weekends or public holidays on 072-5180618. Please ring beforehand for an appointment.