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Turks and Caicos Health, Doctors, & Medical Information

Note: Always consult a qualified doctor for medical advice. If you are in the Turks and Caicos and are experiencing a medical emergency, call the emergency services on 911.
Landscaping and walking path at the National Hospital on Providenciales
The National Hospital on Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is generally quite a safe destination for travel, and does not have many unique health concerns. We do not have any unusual endemic diseases or health risks, and our environment is generally free of industrial pollution, with high qualities of air and water. Most visitors to the islands do not experience any health issues beyond sunburn. We also do not have the drinking water concerns that other regional and tropical destinations may have.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for tourism entry to the Turks and Caicos. No other vaccinations are required for entry, and no other vaccinations are recommended for travel to the Turks and Caicos by major national or international health organizations.

COVID-19 Information and Testing

Medical Facilities

Providenciales has a hospital and several private health practices and dental clinics.

Local medical facilities are able to handle most situations that arise. Medical emergencies that cannot be handled in the Turks and Caicos are stabilized and flown by air ambulance to Miami, Nassau, or other regional cities.

Prescription Drugs and Medication

Providenciales has several dispensing pharmacies if you should require any prescription medication while on your vacation. Local pharmacies are well-stocked, yet it's advisable to bring extra medication with you on your trip, as local pharmacies may not always have all pharmaceuticals in stock.

Common Health Issues

Close-up of the leaves from the poisonous Coral Sumac tree
The poisonous tree Coral Sumac, known locally as Poisonwood, causes severe rashes if touched. Avoid touching this plant.

Sunburn

Sunburn is a common problem here on Providenciales. Temperatures during the day can pass 100 Fahrenheit or 37 Celsius, and the sun is very intense. It's advisable to use plenty of sunscreen, and to wear a hat and long sleeves to prevent sunburn. It's not unusual for visitors to fall asleep on the beach, only to awake and find themselves completely sun burnt.

Please use reef safe sunscreen!

Dehydration

Dehydration is another common problem. The heat causes you to lose vast amounts of water through perspiration, and it will be necessary to drink extra fluids to compensate for this loss. It may be necessary to replace lost sodium as well.

Mosquitoes

During the rainy season (April-July), mosquitoes can be a severe nuisance especially on the islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos, and Parrot Cay. Fortunately, we do not have any endemic mosquito borne diseases. Insect repellent use may be advisable at time, as well as wearing long-sleeve shirts and trousers.

Zika Virus

Update: Based on an August 2018 public notice from the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Health, the last confirmed case of Zika was January 3rd 2017. However, the CDC has the Turks and Caicos listed as 'Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions.' For special precautions for specific groups of travelers, please see the CDC's Turks and Caicos Zika Factsheet. Consult a doctor before traveling.

The Zika virus was confirmed in the Turks and Caicos on 22 July 2016, with five initial cases.

Zika is primarily transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can certainly be found in the Turks and Caicos at times. However, it’s important to understand that the mosquito spreads the virus from an infected host. To transmit Zika, a mosquito has to have previously bitten an infected person.

Poisonous and Toxic Plants

Lionfish (pterois volitans) at a reef in the Bight off of Providenciales
The common lionfish (pterois volitans).

One local plant and tree, Coral Sumac, known locally as poisonwood, is found on all islands in the Turks and Caicos. This plant, if touched, can produce a rash (ranging from medium to extremely harsh). In extreme situations, it can cause the skin to break which results in scarring. It's easily identified by darker green waxy leaves, and has small, round yellow fruits (which are also extremely poisonous). It's typically not found at any of the hotels or the Grace Bay tourist area. Some vacation rentals, especially in the Chalk Sound area, will have this plant on the property (not as landscaping, but in the wild). You should also be careful if you travel to some of the more remote areas.

Manchineel is another tree to be aware of and to avoid. It has the same general appearance and is found in the same environments as Coral Sumac, yet is less common. The manchineel does produce small sweet fruits, which are highly toxic.

The Rosary Pea is a small bush which produces small red berries. This plant is rare, although it can be found on North and Middle Caicos. This plant is extremely dangerous and consumption of the berries can be fatal.

Venomous Fish and Sea Creatures

Lionfish

Lionfish are an invasive species which can be seen in the Smith's Reef, The Bight Reef (Coral Gardens) and other areas with coral. This fish has spines which can paralyze you if touched.

Stinging Corals

There are several types of fire and stinging corals in the Turks and Caicos. Don’t stand on or touch the reef!

Jellyfish

A few different types of jellyfish can be found in the Turks and Caicos.

The upside-down jellyfish is the only variety of jellyfish that can be regularly found. This unique creature lives in the sheltered wetlands and shallow around our archipelago, and usually won’t be encountered at beaches or in the open ocean. This jellyfish has a rather anaemic sting, typically only causing itchy welts on sensitive skin.

Small green or brown thimble jellyfish are the most obnoxious type to encounter, and swarms sometimes make their appearance in the spring months. Similar to the upside-down jellyfish, these critters cause itchy or discomforting skin conditions rather than actual stings. If you do notice these 1 inch wide (2.5 cm) jellyfish, we advise avoiding the area they are even if there are only a few, as the minuscule larvae can also cause an unpleasant skin effect.

Larger and open ocean jellyfish are occasionally sighted around the Turks and Caicos, yet are very uncommon at beaches or places where people may be swimming.

Hospitals and Clinics

All of the main islands except Salt Cay have medical personnel. Providenciales and Grand Turk also each have a large hospital.

South Caicos Clinic
The South Caicos Clinic is a small government run clinic and is the only medical facility on the island of South Caicos. Services are limited.
Associated Medical Practices
Associated Medical Practices is located on Leeward Highway in central Providenciales, and is a private full service medical clinic. Onsite is re-compression chamber for diving emergencies. Adjacent is a dispensing pharmacy, optometrist, gynecologist, and dentist.
Cockburn Town Medical Centre
This 10 Bed modern hospital is found near Cockburn Town on Grand Turk. Built in 2010, this facility is managed by InterHealth Canada.
Kew Clinic
Kew Clinic is a small government run medical facility, located in the main community of Kew, this is the primary clinic for North Caicos and Middle Caicos. Services and facilities are limited.
Grace Bay Medical Center
Found in central Grace Bay and within walking distance of many resorts, Grace Bay Medical Center is a private practice that offers general medical services, and has a fast track option for tourists. Adjacent is the full service and dispensing Grace Bay Pharmacy.
Family Care
Family Care medical clinic and pharmacy that offer both rapid COVID-19 antigen testing and PCR testing for both visitors and residents, with tests that meet the entry requirements of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Family Care has two locations, with a practice in central Grace Bay and a primary clinic on Leeward Highway. Mobile service for villas and yachts available.
Cheshire Hall Medical Centre
Cheshire Hall Medical Centre is the primary hospital in the Turks and Caicos, and is located in central Providenciales. This facility has more than 30 resident doctors, and works with many specialists. Management is by Canadian firm InterHealth Canada, and the site is accredited by Accreditation Canada International.
Omnicare Medical Center
Omnicare Medical Center is a private family care medical practice, located in Downtown at the Town Center Mall on the island of Providenciales. Services include obstetrics and minor surgeries.

Pharmacies

Island Pharmacy
Onsite at the Associated Medical Practices in central Providenciales, this small shop is the island’s oldest still operating dispensing pharmacy and offers prescription filling, general over-the-counter sales, and health supplies.
Grace Bay Pharmacy (Grand Turk)
A branch of the Providenciales Grace Bay Pharmacy, this location is a dispensing pharmacy and offers general health supplies.
Grace Bay Pharmacy
Found in central Grace Bay, this full service dispensing pharmacy carries a wide range of general health and beauty supplies, along with greeting cards and more.
Family Care
Family Care medical clinic and pharmacy that offer both rapid COVID-19 antigen testing and PCR testing for both visitors and residents, with tests that meet the entry requirements of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Family Care has two locations, with a practice in central Grace Bay and a primary clinic on Leeward Highway. Mobile service for villas and yachts available.
Flamingo Pharmacy
Located at Graceway Plaza near the Graceway IGA supermarket on Leeward Highway, this is a full service dispensing pharmacy. Along with a large selection of vitamins, supplements, and GNC products, Flamingo Pharmacy also carries the Ocean Potion Suncare, Burts Bees, Neutrgena, Aveeno and E45 ranges of products. Hotel delivery available. Rapid COVID-19 testing is available for travel.