Traveling to Trinidad and Tobago involves no major health risks. Most health risks that face vacationers when visiting these sister islands can be avoided with a few precautions while enjoying your island retreat.
If you happen to need medical attention while visiting Trinidad and Tobago, be prepared for conditions in health and medical facilities to be more basic than you may be used to. Some areas in the public health care system could use improvements. However, private health care is excellent on the islands, and there are several facilities located on both Trinidad and Tobago. For any emergency situations while on either island, dial 999 or 990 for ambulance service.
This list provides contact information for some hospitals and clinics located on both islands:
|Medical Facility||Telephone Number|
|A C I Cath Lab 18
|Arima District Hospital
||Queen Mary Avenue
|Arima Field Clinic
|Aranguez Health Centre
|Arouca Health Centre
|Auzonville Medical Centre
||11 Eastern Main Road
|Bethel Health Centre
|Biche Health Centre
|Blanchiesseuse Health Centre
|Brothers Road Health Centre
|Caribbean Medical Clinic
||5 Queen's Park East
Port of Spain
|Diego Martin Health Centre
|Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
||1 Mount Hope Medical Complex
Port of Spain
|Gulf View Medical Centre
||Gulf View Link Road
|Health Services Chest Clinic
San Fernando Chest Clinic
|Medical Associates Hospital
||Albert & Abercromby Streets
|Port of Spain Hospital
||Port of Spain
|Scarborough Health Centre
|Williamsville Health Centre
Most doctors require a cash payment after services are rendered. To avoid potentially costly medical bills, check with your health insurance company to see if your policy covers you while traveling abroad. If your insurance doesn't cover your travels, purchase short-term insurance for overseas coverage. Be sure to bring your insurance I.D. card and claims forms for proof of insurance while on Trinidad and Tobago. Travelers don't need any special shots or immunizations to visit Trinidad and Tobago, but it is recommended that vacationers be updated on their immunization boosters, like measles and tetanus, before traveling to any foreign country.
If you require medications, bring an adequate supply with you and keep them in labeled, original containers. If possible, bring a doctor's note describing your condition and medication. If you need a prescription refill or an over-the-counter medicine, several pharmacies are located on the islands. If you are traveling with your prescription medication, make sure they are packaged in their original containors and that they are clearly marked. Additionally, include a prescription slip or note from your physician.
|Ross Budget Drugs Ltd.||868-639-2658|
The most common illnesses that affect vacationers are mostly preventable. Heed these precautions to stay healthy on your island getaway:
Trinidad and Tobago are very close to the equator, and the sun can get extremely hot. Wear sunscreen with the appropriate SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, and drink plenty of water and fluids to prevent dehydration when spending time in the sun;
While in the waters surrounding the island, be cautious of sea urchins and jelly fish that can cause nasty skin injuries;
Mosquitoes and other pesky insects can be irritating as well as cause minor skin irritation. Don't forget to wear bug repellent when spending time outdoors.
Seasoned travelers will suggest that you pack a Travel Medical Kit, filled with supplies to treat minor ailments. This should include the following:
Vacationers can enjoy their retreat to Trinidad and Tobago while staying healthy by simply remembering to follow a few health and medical precautions.
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