By Nicole Arriaga in Rome—
Getting sick while on vacation is the pits. Not knowing where to go or who to turn to for medical attention just isn’t fun. Luckily when visiting Rome, if you find yourself in this situation, you won’t be left to fend for yourself. There are several services and clinics where tourists can go to without spending the entire night in some dreadful emergency room.
Tourist medical service
Nuovo Regina Margherita Ospedale
Via Morosini, 30
Tel.: +39 06 5844 6548
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
The Nuovo Regina Margherita Ospedale in Trastevere caters to tourists in need of non-emergency care (colds, flu, fever, rashes, anxiety, etc.). The hospital is staffed by one doctor and two nurses and the wait is generally never too long.
The only disadvantage is that you aren’t guaranteed that the people on staff speak English. The tourist medical service at Nuovo Regina Margherita hospital is free of charge every night from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and on the weekends. There is a charge of €20, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Patients under six or over 65 are always seen for free, however.)
English-speaking doctors in Rome
Aventino Medical Group
Via Sant’Alberto Magno
Tel.: +39 06 5728 8349
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
If you need to see an English speaking doctor or specialist while vacationing in Rome, the Aventino Medical Group near Circo Massimo is your best bet. The organization has years of experience working with American study abroad students and expats working at the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization).
House call doctors
Tel.: +39 338 622 4832
If you’re too sick to get out of bed, there’s also the option of having a house call doctor come straight to your hotel. Roma Medica is a service staffed with English speaking doctors on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition to getting medical care, you may also need to find a pharmacy. Pharmacies are easily recognizable by their red or green cross. Typically, if the cross is lit up, the pharmacy is open.
Normal pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and some pharmacies even close for lunch between 1 and 4 p.m. If you happen to be searching for a pharmacy right around lunchtime, make sure to look for one that says orario continuato, or “no-stop,” which means that these pharmacies are open all day.
If you happen to run into a pharmacy that’s closed, look for a list posted outside for a directory of other ones open in the same neighborhood. After 8 p.m, there are several pharmacies that are open throughout the night as well.
Late night pharmacies
Here’s a list of centrally located pharmacies that stay open late:
Corso d’Italia 100; +39 06 4424 9750
Piazza dei Cinquecento 49/50/51; +39 06488 0019
Piazza della Repubblica 67; +39 06 488 0410
Via Nazionale 228; +39 06 488 0754
Piazza Barberini 49; +39 06 487 1195
Corso Rinascimento 50; +39 06 6880 3985
Via Cola di Rienzo 213/215; +39 06 324 4476
Piazza Risorgimento 44; +39 06 3973 8166
Via Arenula 73; +39 06 6880 3278
Viale Trastevere 229/229a: +39 06 588 2273