In our ever increasingly hectic world, a vacation has become a necessity as much as a luxury. Taking time away from work is critical to helping reduce stress, gain energy and have personal time to boost creativity and long term visioning – two important skills necessary in today’s workplace.
Going on vacation, however, can sometimes also be stressful. From long flights and flight delays to issues with safety, sanitation and language barriers at the vacation destination, some travelers are more tired and stressed out at the end of their holiday than at the outset.
Fortunately, serene and easy-to-reach Turks and Caicos is the ideal Caribbean destination for stress-free vacations. Direct flights from major cities in Canada and the USA are less than four hours in length. Once visitors reach Turks and Caicos, they can enjoy the ease of receiving services in English and the comfort of knowing the destination has one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean and is largely void of health-related concerns with clean drinking water and a first-world infrastructure.
However, should a visitor become ill when visiting us, Turks and Caicos health care is readily available. There is a modern hospital system comprising two state-of-the-art medical centres, managed by InterHealth Canada; Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Providenciales and Cockburn Town Medical Centre on Grand Turk. Health services provided at the centres include: emergency care, dental, dialysis, internal medicine, surgical, orthopaedic, obstetric and endoscopic procedures, physiotherapy and diagnostic imaging.
Providenciales also has a number of private general practitioners and all of the other Turks and Caicos islands have community clinics. In addition to island health services, there is an air ambulance available to transport those in need to nearby hospitals in Bahamas and the United States.
There are also several island pharmacies that are well stocked and open seven days a week. Resort operators will assist guests in locating island doctors that are on 24- hour call, many of whom will make “house calls”. Island doctors hail from across the globe and most have been trained in Canada, the United States and the U.K.
Of course, we hope that none of our visitors will need to use our health care facilities and instead spend time enjoying a fabulous Turks and Caicos vacation. Here are a few tips to remind you of how you can stay safe: