Hospitals & Clinics

Where to get treatment in Bahrain

Hospitals & Clinics

All cities and major towns have at least one modern hospital and usually several others with highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment.

Poorer sections of the cities have older facilities, which nevertheless offer acceptable services. Hospitals are listed in telephone directories and the yellow pages, and addresses can be found in tourist publications. When choosing a hospital, your best bet is to seek recommendations from colleagues and friends.

There are several different types of hospital, including public and private hospitals and military establishments. Some hospitals in the private sector are luxuriously appointed and could easily pass as five-star hotel accommodation. Their prices are at a similar level.

Most of Bahrain’s private hospitals have an out-patients’ department and an accident and emergency unit, although casualties are likely to be directed towards public hospitals by the emergency services, e.g. in the case of road accidents.

The term ‘ clinic’ is used to denote a general practitioner’s surgery.

There’s little overcrowding in hospitals and clinics in Bahrain, where hospitals and major clinics are open 24 hours a day and usually operate on a first come, first served basis. Arabic and English are widely spoken, English being frequently used in private hospitals, where many staff and most patients are foreign. Accommodation in private hospitals is generally in single rooms rather than wards, and parents can stay with their children. Facilities usually include such ‘luxuries’ as a television and radio in every room, a cafeteria, a mosque or prayer room and a library. Costs for accommodation vary considerably, according to whether a hospital is super-luxurious (i.e. with a large mosque and library) or more modest (i.e. with small ones). Treatment costs usually vary according to the standard of accommodation.

Salmaniya Hospital (Tel. 973-255 555) is the primary public hospital, while the American Mission Hospital (Tel. 973-253 447) and Bahrain International Hospital (Tel. 973-591 666) offer private treatment. State doctors sometimes refer patients to the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital (Tel. 973-663 366) for specialist treatment, particularly orthopaedic. Awali Hospital (Tel. 973-753 366) is mainly used by employees of the Bahrain Oil Company.

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  • Majid, 30 May 2009 Reply

    SMC Numbers Updated

    Department Tel No.
    Accident and Emergency 17284083 / 999 / 17284090
    Surgery 17279704
    Internal Medicine 17279774
    Anesthesia 17284288
    Radiology 17284008
    Ophthalmology 17279770
    OB/GYN 17284511
    Pediatrics 17279717
    Ear, Nose & Throat 17279768
    Dental 17279657
    Oncology 17284185
    Blood Bank 17284450 / 17284454
    Operations 17284267 / 17259497
    Private Practice 17279792
    Physiotherapy 17284430