Visiting the Hospital in Nicaragua

Posted by Adam McGeehan on Dec 1, 2015 6:20:47 PM

I have been living in Nicaragua for 3 months now and enjoying it immensely. Nicaragua is the perfect balance of different enough to be an adventure, but still familiar enough to feel comfortable. From the beautiful ocean views at Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort to the bustling city life of Managua, my time in in Nicaragua has been an adventure I am very much enjoying.

But adventures can’t be picturesque beaches and exotic foods all of the time. Occasionally you will encounter some setbacks. About a month after arriving in Nicaragua, I hit a roadbump of my own when I became sick.

No, it was not caused by the drinking water. Nor any sort of exotic insect bite. In fact, it was merely a common cold, something I come down with annually around this time of year. It hit me a bit harder than usual, most likely due to my body being in a foreign environment, dealing with new cuisine and a different climate. For this reason, I took a trip to the Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua to get myself checked out.


The Vivian Pellas Hospital in Managua is by many accounts the nicest hospital in the country. It offers top quality care, and has divisions in almost any area of medicine, including endoscopy, neurophysiology, ophthalmology, pathology, maternity care, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, an intensive care unit as well as doctors who are general practitioners, which is who I went to see.

The hospital is located in the city, off of one of the major roadways, making access easy. The parking lot is secured, which means the facility is medically sound and also allows for peace of mind. Many public hospitals in Nicaragua will have crowds of vendors waiting outside, but that is certainly not the case at Vivian Pellas. The walk from the parking lot to the front door was quick, and the property is nicely landscaped.

Navigating the hospital was made easy by the floorplan and friendly staff, and within a few minutes I was waiting to speak with a doctor, whom I had made an appointment with earlier that day. The wait to see the doctor was about 15-20 minutes, fairly comparable to any doctor’s visit in the States. The doctor I saw spoke fluent English, and was able to diagnose me very quickly. He gave me a prescription for several pills; one for stomach pains, one for headaches, and an antibiotic.

The Vivian Pellas Hospital has a pharmacy on site, and I was able to get the prescription filled immediately. In total, for the doctor’s visit as well as 3 days’ worth of 3 separate prescriptions, it all cost less than $50.

My first visit to the hospital in Nicaragua over, I would say that the experience was excellent. Quick, quality care, and prices that were more than affordable on any budget. In many ways, it was better than hospital experiences I’ve had in the United States.

My adventure here in Nicaragua hit a slight speed bump when I came down with a cold, however, the high quality and reliable medical system in Nicaragua had me back to exploring this amazing country in no time.

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Adam McGeehan

Written by Adam McGeehan

Adam is a recent graduate of Allegheny College. There he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He has always been interested in traveling abroad and is thrilled to have recently taken up residence in Managua, Nicaragua to work as an intern for ECI Development. He is excited to take in all of the culture of this wondrous nation.

Topics: Healthcare in Nicaragua