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the grounds of the National Hospital on Providenciales The National Hospital on Providenciales.

Health, Doctors, and Medical Information

Visit Turks and Caicos Islands does not provide medical advice. 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.

Update: The Zika virus was confirmed in the Turks and Caicos on 22 July 2016, with five cases. There have been no new confirmed cases of Zika in the Turks and Caicos in 2017 (May, 2017).

landscaping and walking path at the National Hospital on Providenciales
The National Hospital on Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos Islands do not have any native diseases or health risks. The environment is free of industrial pollution, resulting in clean air and water.

Most visitors to the islands don't experience any health issues, the most serious issue usually being a case of sunburn.

You are not required to have any vaccinations and none of the international or major national organizations recommend any vaccinations prior to travel.

Medical Facilities

Providenciales has a new 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 are stabilized and flown by air ambulance to Miami or Nassau.

Prescription Drugs and Medication

Providenciales has several pharmacies if you should need any medication while on your trip. You are advised to bring extra medication with you on your trip, as local pharmacies may not always have your required medication 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. Use plenty of sun cream and wear a hat to prevent sunburn. It's not unusual for visitors to fall asleep on the beach, only to awake and find themselves completely sun burnt.

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. You will also need to replace salt lost, so be sure to use extra on your food.

Mosquitoes

See Turks and Caicos Mosquitoes.

During the rainy season (April-July), mosquitoes can be a severe nuisance, although fortunately they do not carry any diseases. Use an insect repellent, and wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers if needed.

Zika Virus

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

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

One local plant, Coral Sumac, known locally as poisonwood, is found on all islands (except Salt Cay). This plant, if touched, can produce a rash (ranging from medium to extremely harsh). In extreme situations, it can cause the skin to break and require stitches. It's easily identified by darker green waxy leaves, and has small, round yellow fruits (which are also extremely poisonous). It's not found at any of the hotels or in the tourist area. You only have to worry about this if you travel to some of the more remote areas.

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 (2.5cm) jellyfish, we advise avoiding the area they are even if there are only a few, as the miniscule 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.

Associated Medical Practices
Private full service medical clinic. Has a recompression chamber for diving emergencies. Doctor available 24 hours a day for urgent advice.
Grace Bay Medical Center
Found in central Grace Bay and within walking distance of many resorts, Grace Bay Medical Center offers general medical services, along with a fast track option for tourists. Adjacent to the full service Grace Bay Pharmacy.
Kew Clinic
This small facility is the main medical clinic for North Caicos. Located in the tiny settlement of Kew.
National Hospital (Grand Turk)
This 10 Bed modern hospital is found near Cockburn Town on Grand Turk. Built in 2010, this facility is managed by InterHealth Canada.
National Hospital (Providenciales)
Located in central Providenciales, the National Hospital on Providenciales is a 20 bed facility that is managed by Canadian firm InterHealth Canada and accredited by Accreditation Canada International.
South Caicos Clinic
The main and only medical care facility on the island of South Caicos.

Pharmacies

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.
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.
Grace Bay Pharmacy (Grand Turk)
A branch of the Providenciales Grace Bay Pharmacy, this location is a dispensing pharmacy and offers general health supplies.
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.