Medical Care & Emergency Numbers
There are many health centres spread around the island and another one in Porto Santo. Some are equipped with emergency service facilities. Some of the private clinics have also emergency services but in case of an emergency most tourists will visit the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça 'Cruz de Carvalho'.
Medical insurance is strongly advised, even though EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using the form EHIC (available at health offices in your country). - UK ONLY www.direct.gov.uk
There are many English-speaking doctors and dentists. Your hotel will always be able to recommend one.
The local chemists (farmácia), recognisable by a green cross sign, will have just about anything you may require and there is always one open after hours in each area. You will also find some of the larger supermarkets have a pharmacy counter. The location of the duty chemist is displayed on every chemist’s entrance door.
Health and Vaccination Information for Portugal
You will not require any vaccinations to visit Madeira, unless you are coming from an infected area. The most likely infection would be 'Yellow Fever'. Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese embassy if in any doubt.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when travelling from an infected area and when the traveller is more than one year of age.
Malaria – None
Cholera – None
National Emergency Number: 112
Police: 291 208 400
Airport: 291 524 941
Hospital: 291 705 600
Red Cross: 291 741 115
National Information Service: 118