Aruba has excellent medical centers and a state-of-the-art hospital to handle any emergency during your vacation.
When choosing Aruba as your vacation destination, rest assured that when it comes to medical emergencies, such as a sudden illness or an accident, you are in good hands.
Our hotels are equipped with handicapped facilities and Aruba has multiple organizations that offer healthcare products, such as (beach) wheelchairs, crutches, concentrators, scooters and bedpans, for our visitors with special needs. Most hotels have medical doctors and dentists on call and appointments can be made through your hotel's front desk.
Aruba has 3 modern medical centers spread out over the island, the Dr. Horacio Oduber hospital which functions as Aruba's general hospital in Oranjestad, the private Urgent Care Clinic in Noord, and the Centro Medico Rudy Engelbrecht in San Nicolas. If you cannot be treated here, the Aruba hospital does offer overseas care with e.g. American, Colombian, and Dutch hospitals, and the patient will be quickly airlifted by air ambulance. Be aware that not all insurances are accepted here so there is the possibility that you should pay for your doctor or hospital visit by cash or credit card.
In case of emergencies, one drugstore in each district is open for 24 hours on a rotating basis, but they cannot fill a prescription from a doctor that does not practice on the island. They will however advise you on how to obtain one if necessary.
Fire department & ambulance: 911
Hospital in Oranjestad: +297 527 4000
Medical Center in San Nicolas: +297 524 8833
Our Horacio Oduber Hospital boasts a 280-bed hospital equipped with reputable medical staff and modern equipment. The hospital, which opened in 1976, is located across from Costa Linda Beach Resort and the Alhambra Bazaar and Casino. Services such as oxygen tanks and hemodialysis are available. It functions as a general hospital with established ties to the U.S., Colombian, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Dutch hospitals for specialized treatment and care. The hospital does offer overseas medium coronary care; hemodialysis and emergency care as well as provide specialists in a wide range of fields. In case of an emergency, all travelers can go to the emergency room where they will be attended. The Emergency Department has an attending physician on site 24 hours a day. The medical specialists are on call. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
For information on any special medical needs, please contact Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital, Sasakiweg, Aruba. Tel: (297) 527-4000, Fax: (297) 587-0321.
For more information visit: http://www.arubahospital.com/index.php/practical-info/international-patients
Pro-Air Ambulance service is certified to fly to all cities in the United States. Their aircraft, equipped as an ICU unit, can provide medical personnel for the flight. Pro-Air makes arrangements for ambulance service to the airport, handles all customs and immigration procedures both in Aruba and at the destination. Payment can be made with insurance that covers air ambulance transport, credit card, and bank-to-bank transfer.
Contact Pro-Air Ambulance via Tel: (297) 592-9050 / (297) 593 3226 or email: email@example.com
Centro Medico: Dr. Rudy Engelbrecht is located in San Nicolas and is equipped with a reputable medical staff and modern medical equipment. Consulting hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm. Emergency assistance is available 24 hours, seven days a week. All physicians are licensed and certified in Holland, the United States with some from South America. The attending nurses have received their degrees either in Holland, US or locally. The local in-service training is Dutch certified.The principal operating language in the hospital is Dutch. English is widely spoken and written as well as Papiamento and Spanish.
Centro Medico: Dr. Rudy Engelbrecht has several specialties represented, knowing: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Gynecology, Hemodialysis, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Plastic surgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery and Urology.
For more information visit the clinic at Pastoor Hendrikstraat 10, San Nicolaas. Tel: (297) 584-8833.
When you need immediate medical attention and treatment, you can count on UCA for convenient and compassionate care.
The Noord Medical Center at Noord 63 provides primary and urgent care of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries at a reasonable cost with little to no waiting time involved. Founded by a local family of 6 physicians with almost 30 years of experience on the island. They can provide quick, reliable and efficient solution for any clinical challenge, big or small. The center is currently directed by Dr. Carlos Yagua Jr, a general physician with a dual master’s degree in healthcare and business administration.
UCA is open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 11 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, with a 24/7 on-call support for after-hour care. Best of all no appointment is needed in order to be seen by a medical professional – in English, Spanish, Dutch or Papiamento- at the lowest rates for self-pay patients. A web check-in portal is included in their website, allowing you to see actual waiting times and book your appointment if desired. Hotel visits can be requested, but only if you have been cleared after an initial symptoms triage-process.
The center is beautifully appointed with ten consultation rooms for adults and pediatric patients. It is fully furnished with the latest medical equipment, with point-of-care testing and an on-site level III accredited and certified clinical laboratory, allowing physicians to obtain results in less than an hour, guaranteeing reliable diagnosis and timely medical care.
Most travel insurance plans are accepted, and they have had positive experience from their patients when seeking reimbursement back home for self-pay care. If you have questions about your coverage, feel free to reach out to them, and they will aid you with coordination of care.
Located at the Noord Medical Center (Grey Building) at Noord 63. Reach them by phone at (297) 5860448 or on Facebook at https//www.facebook.com/urgentcarearuba
There are several equipment suppliers on Aruba where you can buy or rent medical equipment and/or health supplies. These companies offer a wide range of health products such as orthopedic supplies, oxygen tanks and bath & safety supplies, while also offering wheelchair rentals, beach wheelchair rentals, mobility scooter rentals and other mobility products.
Complimentary delivery and pick up service to your hotel or vacation address are available.
The Labco Medical and Homecare Service NV have a close contact with the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital. Besides leasing or selling medical products, visitors have the possibility of renting products such as walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds, crutches, commodes, side walkers and a complete system of oxygen therapy with cylinder or concentrators, as well as nebulizers. The Labco Medical and Homecare Service helps the physically disabled feel that they have a home away from home when it concerns their care and special needs.
Labco Medical and Homecare Service N.V.
Fergusonstraat 52, P.O. Box 1147, Aruba.
Tel: (297) 582-6651 / (297) 583-7156,
Fax: (297) 582-6567
24-Hour service is available. Free delivery. The company is affiliated with the American Home Healthcare Association as well as the National Oxygen Travel Services of America.
Essential Health Supplies caters to travelers and islanders alike who require mobility equipment such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators and a variety of other medical equipment and health supplies in Aruba. Conveniently located in front of Aruba’s main hospital and in the center of the hotel zone, Essential carries a diversity of medical equipment for sale and for rent for travelers with disabilities, injuries or merely for travelers requiring more accessibility. Essential Health Supplies offers a quick and convenient option delivering all rentals free to all Hotels, including evenings and weekends. Essential is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10am-2:00pm.
To contact us or book a rental call (297)587-0940 or for delivery and emergency service off business hours call (297) 563-0415.
LiteLife Medicab Aruba provides professional door-to-door medical transportation with trained driver-attendants for those in need of wheelchair and specialized transportation. Four vans with hydraulic lifts and one with a ramp. Maximum of five persons per van.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: (297) 585 9764, Fax: (297) 585 9765
Adapted Happy Wheels rents beach wheelchairs that easily maneuver through sand and float in a pool or the ocean. They will deliver to the customer’s place of stay or their beach of choice. The mobi-chair allows ease of transfer to or from a wheelchair, entry into the water and exit from the chair while in the water.
For more information: email@example.com or Tel: (297) 568-4787 or (297) 600-4787.
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