ĒFor anything serious you have to fly to Nassau and St. Margaret's Hospital* which is run by the government. The personnel in the Exumas do an excellent job with their limited resources.Ē
Per Rick I, the Government Clinic in Georgetown
Exuma provides excellent basic services, as does the Nurse (Rosemary) in Staniel Cay. I understand that threr about a dozen Govít Clinics throughout the Bahamas.
Iíve used the Dentist (American expatí) in Georgetown for an extraction. Excellent!
For most routine conditions, medical care is adequate in Nassau and Freeport
, but it is limited in other areas. Serious health
problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for health services. Persons with serious or life-threatening conditions normally must be airlifted to hospitals in the United States for treatment.
There are two major hospitals in Nassau, the Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital
*The most recommended, by both local residents & knowledgeable cruisers, is Doctors Hospital:
147 Shirley Street -or- 1 Collins Avenue (Corner of Shirley St & Collins Ave)
Nassau, New Providence
The 70+ bed
privately operated Doctors Hospital deals with acute care. Medical specialties are emergency
medicine, ear, nose and throat, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, family
medicine, gastroenterology, urology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and pediatrics. There are three operating rooms, one with laminar flow, intensive care unit with eight beds, maternity suite with 14 beds, nuclear medicine, electroencephalography. Emergency
doctors are on the premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Princess Margaret Hospital
Shirley Street, Nassau, NP
Tel: 242-322 2861
The 400+ bed
publicly (government) operated Princess Margaret Hospital includes the following departments: medical, surgical, maternity, intensive care, pediatrics, eye wing, chest wing, private wing including specialist medical, surgical, obstetrical and gynecological services, ambulatory care facility including accident
and emergency, general practice and specialty clinics, dialysis units, laboratory including blood bank, x-ray, physiotherapy and pharmacy. According to the U.S. State Department, "There is a chronic shortage of blood at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, where most emergency surgery is performed. Travelers with rare blood types should know the names and locations of possible blood donors should the need arise."
Rand Memorial Hospital
East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama
Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, has a 100+ bed hospital, the Rand Memorial Hospital. It is a community-type hospital which provides a variety of medical services including medical, surgical, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, accident
and emergency, psychiatry, pathology, clinical laboratory and radiology.