UMVA mostly takes care of trauma emergencies but also deals with medical emergencies that can be treated within the first-aid center.

Transportation to UMVA

If a patient cannot move autonomously to UMVA, he can call the fire department (dial 18) or SAMU (dial 15).

For patients who can move by themselves, the Medical Center has a parking lot and is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.

Once at UMVA, if the situation requires transferring the patient to an Hospital Center better fitted for their medical problem, transportation can be taken care of by SAMU in case of a serious emergency, or by the patient’s health insurance if the problem is less serious.

UMVA does not have access to a heliport anymore. If transportation by helicopter is required, especailly for mountain accidents, helicopters can land on the Cluses stadium. Transportation from UMVA to the Cluses stadium will be done in an ambulance.

Entering the emergency facility

When patients arrive at the first-aid center, they are first welcomed by a nurse specialized in medical emergencies.

The nurse will evaluate the degree of emergency based on an interrogation and elements they deem necesssary, such as heartbeat, tension, body temperature and pain.

From this evaluation, the nurse determines the speed of care in collaboration with the UMVA doctor.

The first-aid center does not, however, have the capacity to care for all pathologies. The nurse can decide, in agreement with the doctor and in the patient’s best interest, to orient them directly towards another hospital structure adapted to their pathology.

The radiology services and the medical analyses laboratory also work closely with UMVA to help doctors provide diagnostics.


UMVA is composed of 6 care rooms, 3 of which are specialized:

Small surgery room:

– Wounds and abscesses
– Ingrown nails
– Burns and foreign bodies

Gypsotherapy room for traumatology:

– Cast making
– Flexible immobilizations

Breakout box:

– Resuscitation waiting for hospital transfer
–Severe asthma care