Healthcare in Mexico City

Medicines, Hospitals in Mexico City

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To see a doctor in an emergency, you can go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital and they will assess how serious your injury or illness is and admit you as time allows. If your injury is serious, but does not require immediate attention, it may take a while to be admitted. If you have a doctor you see regularly you might be able to be seen on short notice.

The American-British Cowdray (ABC) Hospital is at Calle Sur 136, at the corner of Avenida Observatorio, Col.

Some important phone numbers in case of emergency:
Private Ambulance: 5705-0925 (English Spoken)
Hospital ABC: 5230-8000 (English Spoken - 24 hrs)
Dr. John F. Symth: (English) - 5250-0019
Clinica Londres: 5229-8400 (English Spoken)
Red Cross: 5557-5757
English Speaking Dentist: Chas. Cornish 5540-2946


Many of Mexico's pharmacies are open 24 hours a day. Almost any medicine is over the counter in Mexico and is less expensive the you could find anywhere else. Before buying something stronger, consult a local doctor and get a prescription.

To get a prescription filled:
Farmacia Clinica Londres: 5229-8400
Farmacia París: 5709-5349
Farmacia San Isidro: 5578-1825
Farmacia Express: 5356-1156
Farmacia Central: 5522-6422

Update 7/09/2008


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