Accessing Public Healthcare

 

When should you go to the Accident and Emergency (Casualty) Department at the Hospital?

 

You should go to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Hospital only when you have a life threatening accident/incident or emergency such as:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Gunshot or chop wounds
  • Severe bleeding
  • Asthmatic attacks
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe chest pain
  • Near drowning
  • Falls or blows to the head
  • High fever in babies and toddlers
  • Excessive vomiting in adults and children
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe burns
  • Overdose of pills
  • Ingestion of toxic substances

Accident and Emergency (Casualty) Department are located at:

 

  • Port of Spain and San Fernando General Hospitals
  • Sangre Grande and Scarborough Regional Hospitals
  • Point Fortin Area Hospital
  • Paediatric Department of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
  • District Health Facilities

When should you go to a District Health Facility?

 

District Health Facilities are open twenty-four hours a day, offering Accident and Emergency and General Practice services. District Health Facilities offer:

  • Pharmacy services
  • Radiology (X-ray and ultrasound) services
  • Dental services for children and adults at some facilities
  • Specialists clinics for chronic and or lifestyle diseases
  • Ante-natal and post-natal clinics
  • Family Planning clinic
  • Child health clinic
  • Health Promotion fitness programmes

Check with the District Facility nearest you, to find out what services are available. District Health Facilities are located at:

  • Arima
  • Mayaro
  • Chaguanas
  • Couva
  • Princes Town

When you should you go to your local Health Centre?

 

Health Centres provide services from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm while in some instances the closing time is 6:00 pm. They are focused on the prevention and treatment of common diseases and injuries, basic emergency services, referral to/coordination with other levels of care (such as hospitals and specialist care), primary mental health, palliative and end-of-life care, health promotion and healthy child development. The range of clinical services offered at Health Centres are as follows: Ante-natal, Cervical, Child Welfare, Chronic Disease, Counseling and Welfare, Dental Extractions, Diabetic, Dressings, ECG, Family planning, General Practice, Hansen's Clinic, Home Visits, Pap Smear, Pediatric, Pre/Post Natal, HIV Testing and Counselling, Pyschiatric, School Visits, Skin/Wellness clinic and Substance Abuse counseling and Prevention.

Contacts for District Health Facilities and County Medical Offices

 

District Health Facilities

  • Arima - (868) 667-4715
  • Mayaro – (868) 630-1258
  • Chaguanas – (868) 665-8598
  • Couva – (868) 636-4033
  • Princes Town – (868) 667-4715

County Medical Offices

  • St. George West - (868) 624-3439
  • St. George Central - (868) 674-8344
  • St. George East - (868) 667-3693
  • Caroni - (868) 636-3690 / (868) 636-3691
  • St. Andrew / St. David - (868) 668-2053 / (868) 668-2055
  • Nariva / Mayaro - (868) 222-5005
  • Victoria - (868) 652-2016 / (868) 653-0515
  • St. Patrick - (868) 649-1227
  • Tobago - (868) 639-3751

Quality Coordinators:

  • Port of Spain General Hosp. - (868) 627-2659 ext. 2576
  • St. Ann's Hospital - (868) 624-1151 ext. 203
  • St. James Medical Complex - (868) 769-7404
  • San Fernando General Hosp. - (868) 652-3581 ext. 2850
  • Area Hospital, Point Fortin - (868) 648-4511
  • Sangre Grande Hospital - (868) 668-2273 ext. 222

 

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