St Lucia Medical - Living and Staying Healthy in St Lucia

St Lucia Medical - Public Health Care

St Lucia Medical care  is not as limited as generally thought. A full range of primary health care services and programs are in place to ensure a reasonable level of care. However with a world recession and growing demands, providing healthcare remains a challenge similar to most countries.

In fact the Government of St Lucia is by far the biggest provider of health care on the Island. This is achieved by an extensive network of Community Health Centres distributed through out the Country. Easily accessible, you should not have a difficulty in getting attention from any location you may be at on island.

Services are provided by some 31 health Centres administered by the Central Government through 8 Health Care Districts or Zones. Each Centre is within a 5 mile radius of a Community, taking into consideration the topography of this paradise destination. Staffed by dedicated and well trained staff, you will be assisted in your time of need. 

Soufriere Sulphur Health Bath

St Lucia Medical -  Health Care Reform

The Government of Saint Lucia has been attempting to reform the health care services for several years now. The most notable effort is in finding ways to financing the Public Health Sector. 

This comes in the form of Universal Health Care or UHC. However the impact so far is only manifested in free pharmaceuticals to diabetics who are also hypertensives.

The government insurance body called The National Insurance Corporation also plays a role in assisting the health sector. It facilitates free hospitalizations at the public hospitals for workers who are contributors.

No matter how far out you may be in St Lucia you can get to a Public Health Centre. 

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:00 pm

Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays

List Of Public Health Centres

Health Centre

Tel (758)

  1. Gros Islet                                 450 9661
  2. Monchy                                    450 1319
  3. Grande Riviere                        450 1651
  4. Baboneau                                  450 5858
  5. Fond Assau                               450 5939
  6. Tirocher-Castries                     452 3529
  7. Entrepot                                     452 1873
  8. Castries                                      452 4416
  9. La Clery                                       452 4303
  10. Ciceron                                        453 7934
  11. Bexon                                           452 1261
  12. La Resource                                453 3312
  13. Richfond                                      453 3355
  14. Mon Repos                                  455 3229
  15. Micoud                                        454 4230
  16. Tirocher-Micoud                        455 4520
  17. Desruisseaux                              455 4250
  18. Belle-Vue                                      454 8001
  19. Grace                                             454 8357
  20. Vieux Fort                                     454 6337
  21. Laborie                                          454 6930
  22. Saltibus                                         455 1589
  23. Lafargue - Choiseul                     459 3238
  24. Mongouge - Choiseul                  459 3123
  25. Etangs                                             459 7589
  26. Fond St Jacques                            459 7595
  27. Canaries
  28. Anse-La-Raye                                 451 4225
  29. Jacmel                                             451 4004
  30. Vannah                                           451 42 47
  31. La Croix Maingot                          451 4248

District Hospitals

A higher level of medical and health care is provided by District Hospitals:

  1. Soufiere Hospital - Located in the historic town of Soufriere, it provides daily services to the Town as well as the surrounding communities. Despite not having all necessary equipment and staff it serves an important point for initial and emergency treatment of serious medical conditions.
  2. St Jude's Hospital- Located in the southern  district of Vieux Fort, it presently occupies a temporary site as a result of a devastating fire on 9th September 2009. It continues to provide nonetheless tertiary medical care to residents of the surrounding communities including emergency care, surgical, gynecology and obstetrics. and more recently kidney dialysis. 

       Work continues on the previous site on the construction of a new hospital.

Our National Hospitals

Our National Hospitals are based in the North on the periphery of the capital, Castries, just 6-10 minutes drive from the George FL Charkes (Vigie) Airport.

  1. Victoria Hospital:

Named after Queen Victoria of England. It is the main and oldest health institution on the Island. It is a general hospital providing a full range of medical, surgical, obstetrics & gynecology and emergency services to the entire country. Chances are that if any one is seriously ill they will be attended to there.

For many years now, Victoria Hospital has been offering free kidney dialysis services to St Lucians.

2. National Wellness Centre: 

Has replaced the well known Golden Hope Hospital for many years now. It is the only psychiatric hospital in Saint Lucia. Despite the level of care afforded, mental health care services are absolutely free to all St Lucians, including medications.

St Lucia Medical  - Hospitals

  1. Victoria Hospital - (Main General Hospital) - Castries - Tel 758 452 2421
  2. St Jude's Hospital - (District General Hospital) - Vieux Fort - Tel 758 454 6041
  3. Soufriere Hospital - ( District Hospital) - Soufriere - Tel 758 459 7258
  4. National Wellness Centre - Psychiatric Hospital - Castries  - Tel 758 452 2142

Dennery Hospital was damaged in 2010 by Hurricane Tomas and is yet to be rebuilt. Some services are available at the Richfond Health Centre.

St Jude Hospital was relocated to The present location, the George Odlum Stadium.

Polyclinics

The concept of Polyclinics as part of  our St Lucia Medical care landscape is relatively new. Constituting the second level of health care, at present the island has only polyclinic. 

The Gros Islet Polyclinic is located in the North and comprises of :

  • Health Centre - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Mondays - Fridays. 8:00 am - 12:30 pm - Saturdays
  • Urgent Care - 8:00 am - 12 Midnight - Mondays - Fridays

Gros Islet Polyclinic

Telephone :  758 450 9661

                       758  450 9696

St Lucia Medical  - Private Health Care

The private health sector is comparatively small to the Public sector. Small health care clinics including doctors practices are found mainly in the Cities, towns and some of the coastal villages. However they do play an important role in complementing the public sector services.

Other Services available are:

  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostics including X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound
  • Eye Care
  • Nursing Care
  • Counselling

Private Health Care is relatively small but still plays an important role in the delivery of quality Care

There is one private hospital on the island namely The Tapion Hospital, located at Tapion on the edges of Castries. It offers the only CT Scan and MRI services  on the island. Most doctors who work there also serve at Victoria Hospital.

St Lucia Medical Care Insurance

Accessing St Lucia medical care can be facilitated by having private health Insurance. Private health insurance coverage is available to all residents. However just like many countries, most persons go without coverage. Challenging economic times do make it even less a priority. In addition if health care is not a priority the need for medical insurance coverage will not be appreciated.

In order to make use of your insurance coverage when accessing health  care services, you will have to pay up front and get reimbursed within 90 days by your insurance provider. This explains why many persons with private insurance still resort to using the public health sector.

For visitors to the island, always check with your local provider as well as your travel insurance agency when making your St Lucia travel plans.. Nonetheless be prepared to always pay upfront either cash, travelers checks  or via credit card.

Contact us about your St Lucia Medical Care needs and we can direct you as to how to maximise the services on Island.

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