Healthcare in Quito

Medicines, Hospitals in Quito

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In an emergency case, an ambulance will take you to an IESS hospital, if not indicated otherwise. The national emergency number is 911 for all kinds of emergencies.

The main IESS hospitals Quito:

  • Hospital Carlos Andrade Marine (Central-North Quito)
  • Hospital IESS Quito Sur (South Quito)
  • Hospital Del Día El Batan (North Quito, day hospital)
  • Hospital San Fransisco de Quito (North Quito)


Pharmacy chains are widely spread over Quito and easy to find. Only a few drugs need a prescription as most are freely available at the counter. Opening hours differ per location and chain but are normally from 8 am to 9 pm. Quito also has 24/7 pharmacies which will have signs marked "Turno".

The largest pharmacy chains:

Update 24/01/2019


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