What are the Conditions of the Different Roatan Medical Facilities?
Roatan Island is a small community; however there are several diverse alternatives when it comes to Roatan medical facilities. Up until recently, the most complete medical facility on the island was the Roatan Hospital, which is located in Coxen Hole. The Roatan Hospital is part of the Honduras Public Health Care System, and such, has many, many limitations. The local community works hard to supplement these limitations, but if you are a traveler coming coming through Roatan, or a local islander, you do not really want to end up at the Roatan Hospital.
The Woods Medical Center in downtown Coxen Hole offers good outpatient service, with several good doctors including Dr. Woods herself, however the limitations of a patient in need of hospitalization are big on the island of Roatan.
Currently, there is work underway by the CEMESA Medical Group of San Pedro Sula to open a branch of their renowned medical facilities in Roatan. The plan is to have a full fledged hospital with the possibility of providing patients with surgical procedures, as well as emergency services right on the island. The Hospital will soon open its doors at the Megaplaza Mall located next to the main road just outside of French Harbour, Roatan.
It is expected that many of the medical doctors that provide services in San Pedro Sula will alternate with Roatan as a second location where their services will also be available.
Many Roatan Expats and locals travel to La Ceiba as an alternative to the limited Roatan Medical facilities currently available in Roatan. La Ceiba is a short 1 ½ hour ferry trip away, and La Ceiba Medical Facilities are currently much better than those in Roatan Island, with the D’Antoni Hospital being a flagship of medical services in the country, and the Medi Centro Clinics offering world class diagnostics equipment and labs.
Finally, an interesting twist to Roatan medical facilities can be found at Garm Roatan, located at the Parrot Tree Plantation Residential complex. The facility is part of the Global Alliance of Regenerative Medicine, that offers an innovating stem cell technology. For more information on Garm Roatan visit their website.