EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND AMBULANCE SERVICES IN JAMAICA

AT-A-GLANCE

EMS Coverage Map: Jamaica
EMS Coverage Map: Jamaica

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DIAL 110 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN JAMAICA

  • But be ready to call fire departments directly by using their station telephone or call private ambulance providers (listed in “Other Numbers” section below and in map)
  • Jamaica has emergency medical services available, but they are patchwork and of varying quality
  • Responsibilities for emergency medical response fall between fire department and St. John’s ambulance (for prehospital emergency care) and private EMS providers (for paid inter-facility transfers and house calls)
  • Jamaica has a large number of trained lifeguards, though enforcement of regulations to ensure lifeguard supervision at public and private swimming locations is limited

HOW CAN I CALL AN AMBULANCE IN JAMAICA?

HOW DO I CALL FOR HELP?

DIAL 110 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN JAMAICA

As reported by the Jamaican Fire Brigade, the official national emergency number for the fire department is 110. However, the fire department also makes clear on their website that each fire station and ambulance service also has a unique, individual number. (See sections below: “CAN I CALL FROM HELP ANYWHERE?” and “WHAT OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS CAN I CALL?”)

CAN I CALL FOR HELP ANYWHERE?

The number 110 can be accessed from any phone and will connect you to the fire department’s main dispatch in Kingston. Once the dispatcher has ascertained your location, they will relay your call to the nearest fire station and/or ambulance station.

 

According to the Jamaican Fire Brigade’s website, each fire, police and ambulance station has their own phone numbers.

Fire Department
Kingston & St. Andrew 1 York Park 922-2121-2
2 Half Way Tree 926-8165-6
3 Stony Hill 942-3053/3055
4 Trench Town 923-5970-4155
5 Rollington Town 928-1063
6 Port Royal 967-8054-5
7 Fire Boat 922-7018
St. Thomas 8 Morant Bay 982-2268-9
9 Yallahs 982-5600/5608
St. Ann 10 St. Ann’s Bay 972-2322
11 Ocho Rios 974-2317
12 Brown’s Town 975-2316
St. Mary 13 Port Maria 994-2285
14 Annotto Bay 996-2216
Portland 15 Port Antonio 993-2525
16 Buff Bay 996-1501
Trelawny 17 Falmouth 954-3230
St. Catherine 18 Spanish Town 984-2251
19 Old Harbour 983-2276
20 Portmore 988-2357
21 Linstead 985-2333
Clarendon 22 May Pen 986-2192
23 Frankfield 904-4532
Manchester 24 Mandeville 962-2588
25 Christiana 964-2444
St. Jamaes 26 Barnett Street 952-2311
27 Ironshore 953-3952
St. Elizabeth 28 Black River 965-2222
29 Santa Cruz 966-2302
30 Junction 965-8622
Westmoreland 31 Sav-La-Mar 955-2666/2540
32 Negril 957-4242
Hanover 33 Lucea 956-2220/2187

 

Emergency Medical Service E.M.S.
Sav-la-Mar 955-3331
Negril 957-3776
Ironshore 953-9826
Lucea 956-3835
St. John’s Ambulance
Kingston 926-7656
Ocho Rios 994-1126
Port Antonio 715-1999
Sav-la-Mar 955-4004
WHAT OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS CAN I CALL?

In addition to the fire department numbers listed in the previous section, several private ambulance providers can also be contacted which are typically used for inter-facility transfers between hospitals:

GROUND AMBULANCE IN JAMAICA

  • Accident & Emergency Services Ltd: 876-758-8286; [email protected]
    • Kingston, St. Andrew, parts of St. Catharine, St. Thomas
    • Cross-Island transfers possible
  • AmbuCare Ambulance Service:
    • Kingston: 876-978-2327
    • Bridgeport: 876-939-2273
    • Ironshore: 876-953-2938
  • EGAS Ambulance Services:
    • Kingston: 876-974-2607
    • (Website last updated 2011)
  • GentleCare Ambulance Service:
    • Kingston: 876-622-0184
  • LifeLine Medical Services:
    • Ocho Rios: 876-404-7913 / 876-974-8950
  • Medical Associates Hospital:
    • Kingston: 876-926-1400
  • SureTime EMS:
    • Kingston: 876-906-7873(SURE)
    • Ask for Dr. MacDonald; has ambulance; does house calls

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is unclear whether the Jamaican Red Cross is actively involved in prehospital emergency care; their locations have been included in our EMS coverage map for reference.

WHAT ABOUT IN DISASTERS?

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister and “has the unique role of being the only government agency to provide disaster management functions in Jamaica.

The Ministry of Health oversees health-related communications and coordination during disasters through the division of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services:

The Branch systematically: 1) analyses and manages health risks, posed by emergencies and disasters, 2) develop, implement and monitor medical and health emergency and disaster management programmes at the central, regional and parish levels of the health services, 3) establishes and operationalises the MOH National Emergency Operations Centre within four (4) hours of the need, including the mobilisation of staff and other resources and 4) develops, monitors and supports the implementation of public information and education programmes for the health aspects of emergency and disaster management.”

ARE THE RESPONDERS TRAINED?

PREHOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDERS

LIFEGUARDS

  • According to the ILSF, over 3,000 lifeguards have been trained in Jamaica since 1996 with examinations for new trainees scheduled through 2017, though enforcement of regulations to ensure lifeguard supervision at public and private swimming locations is limited
HOW WILL I GET TRANSPORTED?

Transport by Ground Ambulance in Jamaica
Inter-facility transfers are most often arranged through private ambulance providers at the request of physicians at the referring facility

  • From a study on neonatal transfers (Salome, 2017): “The minimum time between acceptance of the patient and the patient leaving the referring hospital was 1h and the maximum 6h; mean6SD time: 2.94 6 1.8 h. The most common reason for delay in transport was that of awaiting an available ambulance, reported in 8 of 10 cases for whom information was available.”
  • “With limited staff in resource-limited settings, the decision as to which member of the staff accompanies the neonate is not based on level of expertise required but rather on who can be released with minimum amount of disruption to the functioning of the ward, usually junior staff.”

Transport by Air Ambulance in Jamaica
Transport via helicopter can be arranged through the Jamaica Defence Force.

WHERE WILL I BE TRANSPORTED TO?

See map at top of page for list of public and private healthcare facilities in Jamaica.

HOW WILL I PAY?

ADDITIONAL INFO

COMMON EMERGENCIES AND RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS

Common Emergencies in Jamaica

  • Road Traffic Injuries
  • Inter-Personal Violence
  • Hurricanes
  • Drownings
  • Zika Virus is also a risk in Jamaica: 
    Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

    Read the CDC’s Zika Travel Notice for Jamaica

 

Recommended Vaccinations for Jamaica

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), different groups of travelers will require different vaccinations for travel in Jamaica:

  • All Travelers
    • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
    • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
    • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
    • Polio vaccine
    • Your yearly flu shot
  • Most Travelers
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid
  • Some Travelers
    • Hepatitis B
    • Rabies
    • Yellow Fever – “There is no risk of yellow fever in Jamaica. The government of Jamaica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.” See full list here.

Read more about travel in Jamaica at the CDC website:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/jamaica/ (Last accessed: Aug. 7, 2017)

GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT
REFERENCES
LINKS

SCOREBOARD

% of Seriously Injured Transported by Ambulance in Jamaica, 2013

Less than 10%

[Source: 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

Road Traffic Injury Deaths
(per 100,000 population)

  • Jamaica
  • Russia
  • United States

[Source: 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

Reported Homicides
(per 100,000 population)

  • Jamaica
  • Russia
  • United States

[Source: 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, WHO-UNDP]

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