Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Monday, January 07, 2019, 11:12 (14 days ago)

Is this facility open to public? Are they a hospital, clinic or ???

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Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, January 07, 2019, 11:38 (14 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Is this facility open to public? Are they a hospital, clinic or ???

It's a hospital albeit with limited facilities, and the public can indeed go there for emergencies, though as in all military hospitals they are intended for military personnel and their families.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by Vermont123, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 19:31 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What is a good hospital to go to in Zihua if you're having an emergency? What can they handle before sending you off to a larger city Hospital? Thank you.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by zulualpha, Monday, January 07, 2019, 12:42 (14 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

The emergency unit is open 24 hrs./day, seven days a week and charges 800 pesos to see a medical doctor. There is a separate "walk-in-clinic" facility, accessible through the main entrance. It is open mornings only, Mon-Fri and charges $350 for una consulta with a Navy doctor.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by Bailey, Thursday, January 10, 2019, 18:54 (11 days ago) @ zulualpha

Many years ago, I cut my hand which needed stitches. I went to the Naval Hospital where a doctor stitched it. He did an excellent job. Unless the policy has changed bring pesos as they didn't accept credit cards.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by noelofthenorth, Friday, January 11, 2019, 10:07 (10 days ago) @ Bailey

Do not go with chest pains. I went with my wife and they sent us to the pharmacy down the street in the plaza which we did not do and called Dr Gloria who got us to go to the Clinic Marical (ph) where a cardiologist was visiting from Acapulco (once every two weeks so we were lucky) he did and ECG and confirmed it was acid reflux not heart problem as she had a heart attack the year before. If it had happened in Zihuatanejo she would not be here today, after 30 years in Zihuatanejo we had to stop visiting and now do Nuevo Vallarta with two trauma hospitals within five kilometers of the condo. Good luck.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by blondebrownie, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 13:07 (9 days ago) @ noelofthenorth

Approximately 5 years ago, my husband had a ferocious bronchial infection and was unable to breath. On the recommendation of a "Mexican friend" we went to "la clinica de especialidades". Dr Molina attended to all his needs. He was hospitalized for 3-4 nights. Dr Molina speaks English. The cost was $3500 approximately. Ex-rays, steroids, nebulizers, antibiotics, oxygen and who knows what was in the 3-bag IV. I slept on a cot in his room, assisted him with bathroom needs, and helped interpret the nursing staff. You have never had bland hospital food until you eat there. He was not allowed to drink coffee. We were sent home with hand written instructions detailing the exact care for the next week until we went home to the US.
The next year, the same thing happened to my husband again! We went immediately to la clinica de especialidades. Between myself, a clinic nurse (who spoke some English) and a Spanish speaking Dr, my husband was diagnosed with the same issue. Injections were used for the next 3 days. We avoided another hospital stay!
Then two years ago it was my turn. I had ripped off both big toenails on a lounge chair accident. Dr Melchizedeck (sp?) was amazing. He spoke enough English to get the job done.
When returning back to the US, we both saw our local physicians. Only praise was given regarding the care we had received.
Just a note: There are no nurses aides. You need to have a spouse or friend with you for extra help. A cot or bench is provided for your helper.
We highly recommend this clinic.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 14:19 (9 days ago) @ blondebrownie

Our experience was the same at Hospial Espeialades. My wife broke her arm in a fall and it was set and put in a cast there.

I went in overnight with severe disrrea. Problem fixed.

Not: No nurses aide of LPN seems to be the norm in Mexico; we had the same experience in a hospital in Patzcuara and one in Morelia. Your Dr can arrage for help if you need it.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by zulualpha, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 14:41 (9 days ago) @ zulualpha

There is also the private medical clinic option. The best known in Zihua is the clínica Maciel. It`s about 200 metres in behind the main, downtown market -- can`t recall the street name. I had an emergency appendectomy there years back. All in-- private room, four nights, all medical and lab work plus the surgery came to around $2000 (US) at today`s exchange rate. Pricier now, no doubt. The surgeon himself came from the Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. Zero post-op complications.

Navy / Marina Hospital in Istapa

by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Saturday, January 12, 2019, 15:38 (9 days ago) @ zulualpha

I've also had a urological procedure done at the Hospital de Especialidades. Pleased with surgeon, anesthesiologist and internist.

Food is another story. My husband brought me food on the side. Nothing unusual as I've worked in administration of an academic acute care medical center for nearly 23 years in Arizona and food is always an issue.