Medical Facilities

When people plan their vacation destination, an important consideration can be the availability of good medical care in the event of an illness or accident. Those concerned about these health issues can rest assured when considering Aruba.

If needed, our caretaker can help you rent a large assortment of healthcare products such as wheelchairs (both standard and electric) walkers, crutches, bed pans, concentrators, scooters etc.

Aruba is well equipped to handle virtually every medical problem. In unique cases where the island's own medical services do not cover the emergency, a patient can be quickly airlifted to nearby facilities (ie. In Curacao).

Aruba boasts the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital, a medical facility equipped with reputable medical staff, 280 beds and modern equipment. The hospital, opened in 1976, is located across from Punta Brabu Beach, and is within walking distance of some of the hotel district. 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.

Emergency Services

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. Services such as oxygen tanks and hemodialysis are available.

Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital
Sasakiweg, Aruba
Tel (297) 587-4300 Fax (297) 587-3348
Hotels have medical doctors and dentists on call.
Appointments, if necessary, can be made through your hotel.

Centro Medico: Dr. Rudy Engelbrecht
Bernhardstraat 75
San Nicolas, Aruba
Tel (297) 584-8833
This Medical Center is equipped with a reputable medical staff and modern equipment. Consulting hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Emergency assistance is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Physicians available:
Internal Medicine
Plastic Surgery
Psychiatry and Otolaryngology
Neurology and Dermatology
Urology and Neurosurgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Anaesthesiology/Pain Management

All physicians are licensed and certified in Holland, the United States and a few from South America. The attending nurses have received their degrees either in Holland, US or locally. Our local in-service training is Dutch certified.

The principal operating language in the hospital is Dutch. English is widely spoken and written as is our native tongue, Papiamento. Other languages spoken are Spanish and there are several employees that speak
German and French fluently.

Medical services available:
- acute illness and disease prevention
- on site urgent care/traumatology
- elective and acute surgery
- haemodialysis
- on site pharmacy
- on site diagnosis service such as radiology, neurofysiology, cardiac examinations
- obstetrics
- immigration health care checks
- cardiac monitoring
- assisted ventilations
- air-ambulance services

Laboratory Services:
The lab is government owned. A wide range of testing is available such as blood chemistry, kidney, liver, and thyroid functions, HIV testing, hepatitis A, etc.

All common diagnostic procedures
CT scan
Cardiac tests

Hospital Emergency Services Available
- The hospital facility is a minor trauma center
- The first point of contact in case of a medical emergency is the emergency room at the hospital

The emergency medical equipment and capabilities are:
- Cardiac monitoring and resuscitation
- Traumatology
- Burns have to referred to the burn centers in the US

As of January 1, 1995 hemodialysis patients have been able to enjoy a vacation on Aruba with the opening of the Posada Clinic Aruba, a private center for hemodialysis. Posada Clinic Aruba is situated in an attractive villa on L.G. Smith Boulevard overlooking the ocean. The Clinic has eight units with modern BRAUNHD SECURA machines and each unit is equipped with TV,VCR and telephone. With a choice of morning, afternoon or evening sessions, patients have plenty of time to enjoy all the day and evening activities on Aruba. The Clinic serves juices, coffee, tea and snacks as well as special dishes from La Bouillabaisse restaurant. Companions are welcome to keep the patient company in the unit, or relax in the center's restaurant or on the shaded porch.

Patients at Posada Clinic Aruba will be under the supervision of two medical specialists who are over seen by a nephrologists. Patients should make reservations at Posada Clinic Aruba three months in advance and should indicate arrival and departure dates, frequency and type of dialysis needed, preferred times for treatment, and relevant medical data from their doctor.

Hemodialysis also is available at the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital.

For more information on Posada Clinic Aruba contact Ms. Zwinkels by calling 011 (297) 586-6624 or fax 011 (297) 583-2179

Posada Clinic Aruba (Center for Hemodialysis)
L.G. Smith Blvd. #14
Tel (297) 582-0840, Fax (297) 583-5664

The Posada Clinic Aruba offers hemodialysis service to the public. The center offers eight units fully equipped with modern Fresenius 2008-H machines and a TV and VCR, and telephone at each station. Flexible treatment schedules with multi-lingual staff is available. One person is allowed to accompany the patient during their treatment. Reservations are required three months in advanced. Only HIV negative and Hepatitis B negative patients can be treated.

The Clinic Offers:
- 8 state-of-the-art Fresenius machines
- hemodialysis: standard, acetate, bicabornate, high flux, single needle
- no-reuse
- each station with own color TV/VCR
- C.A.P.D. and backup
- Professional, friendly and multilingual staff
- Free drinks and snacks

Our dialysis staff consists of Certified Registered Nurses with dialysis experience and trained for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Mrs. Glenda Kelly, R.N. is in charge of the daily operations of Posada Clinic Aruba

Aruba Eye Institute
Caya Punta Brabo 13
Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel (297) 587-3797, Fax (297) 587-2744
The Aruba Eye Institute is an ophthalmology clinic that specializes in Laser Refractive Surgeries using the newest and most advanced technology to correct vision (nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatism).

Air Ambulance
For Air Ambulance service please contact Mr. Richard Rupert.
Tel: 829197 Fax: 832791
Cellular Tel (297) 993-2329 / (297) 993-0201, Home (297) 584-8258

The Aruba Heart Institute: is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
The Institute's Mission is: To advance the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease through innovative programs in research, education and patient care in Aruba. It is the first cardiovascular center in Aruba.

The Aruba Heart Institute is a chartered, non-profit organization located next to the Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital and jointly offering patient care. Its work is made possible by a combination of philanthropy, private funds, patient care and research contracts.
Included in the facilities available to AHI are a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory, a cardiology day care ward with monitoring and dedicated research laboratories.

The Aruba Heart Institute can facilitate interventional research programs developed in cooperation with the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and as such be a leader in interventional cardiology.
Tours of the Institute can be arranged, and health care professionals are available to present talks to organizations on various heart-related topics.

For more information about Aruba Heart Institute, or to schedule a tour or a speaker, please contact the AHI Public Affairs Office by writing P.O. Box 4309, Oranjestad, Aruba, or calling (297) 593-0303.

Labco Medical and Homecare Service N.V.,
Cabuyastraat 6 A, Ponton, Aruba.
P.O. Box 1147
Phone: (297) 582-6651 / (297) 583-1756.
Fax: (297) 582-6567.
24 Hours Service. Free delivery.

Labco opened the first lease and retail Homecare facility. Of great importance, besides leasing of selling medical products, tourists have the possibility of renting, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bedpan, etc, when visiting Aruba.