Monday, October 19th 2015
911 Emergency in Mexico and San Miguel De Allende
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A medical emergency in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico can be a frightening situation. It is important to be prepared and have a plan. In San Miguel, we have access to excellent emergency services, doctors, and hospitals. If you suffer a medical emergency in San Miguel de Allende, simply call 911. 911 is used for any emergency in San Miguel de Allende as well as all throughout Mexico. This will send the Red Cross ambulance to your location. Make sure you know your address, and the closest cross streets to your home.
Be ready with:
Your Resident or Tourist Visa
A credit card with at least a few thousand USD of credit available
Your insurance information or evacuation plan card
Your cell phone and charger with contact names
Your doctor information and contact number
If you have a chronic health condition, make sure you know how to explain it in Spanish or have it written down in Spanish.
Any medical records you have and lab results that might be relevant
Call a friend or family member and let them know what is happening
If you have a chronic health condition—or any allergies to medication!—make sure you know how to explain them in Spanish, or have it written down in Spanish. To learn some basic phrases, click here.
The Red Cross has excellent ambulances and volunteers who are trained in first aid. They will ask you where you want to be transported. Your options are the public Hospital General, the private Hospital MAC.
If it appears that you are having a medical emergency in San Miguel de Allende related to a condition that your doctor is already familiar with, tell the first aid responder to call your doctor (this is common, acceptable, and encouraged). It is not uncommon for doctors to sprint to the hospital and meet you as you arrive.
In my wallet, I keep a copy of my passport. On the back is listed my emergency contact numbers, my address in Mexico, our health plan information, and my evacuation number. If someone finds me in the street, they know who I am and what to do.
A little planning will go a long way. The cost is free if you are admitted, or a 350-peso donation if you are not.
*If you are currently having an emergency, dial 911 or click here to get all the important contact numbers for any emergency in San Miguel de Allende—written for expats in English.*
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