Health establishments: a network of hospitals and medical facilities
It’s a fact: Because of their internship, physicians working in Beirut have often studied or practiced their profession in a large western city, whether New York, Paris, London or Madrid.
These international exploits, guarantee in a way or another, the Lebanese hospital system to be at the forefront of the latest techniques and the latest medical discoveries.
The Hotel Dieu de France is a private hospital owned by the French government and managed by the Saint Joseph University. Located on Alfred Naccache Boulevard, it is known for its high level medical team and for the quality of health care provided.
Rizk Hospital is proud of 80 years of experience. It was recently purchased by the LAU (Lebanese American University), as part of a University Hospital Center. Its high-level medical team practices in various specialties, using advanced equipment.
St Georges Hospital (also known as the Orthodox Hospital) has recently been renovated, becoming nowadays a hospital with modern and pleasant buildings.
Jeitawi Hospital was founded in 1927 by Father Youssef Selwan Jeitawi due to war sufferings.
Roula, 34 years old young mother of Zeid, 3 years old, and Talal, 9 months says, "My husband and I have lived in France and Zeid was born in Paris. Talal was born in Beirut, in a hospital in Ashrafieh, and I must say that I have felt particularly well surrounded! "
It is to be noted that the Red Cross has an office within the district. It is noticeably present on all sports events to ensure an urgent medical assistance. The Red Cross is ready to help anytime in emergencies it’s the equivalent of French SAMU.
Outside major hospitals, clinics bring together specialized physicians in various branches. Gynecology, dermatology, dentistry, or even plastic surgery, some of these clinics are also known across the city or across the country. As for medicine in Beirut, it is very common for a physician to work in various clinics, and also at the hospital: his patients are aware of that and will join him in one or another of his consultation locations. As in the hospital, doctors' offices bear on its walls qualifications and diplomas of practitioners, often obtained in the West. It also gives the professional sector of health an image of modernity, responsiveness and openness to the world.
Regarding drugstores, you can find everything in a pharmacy of Achrafieh, often located in a modern and pleasant setting. The pharmacist here, source of valuable advice, may recommend some drugs on his own responsibility, without going through a doctor's prescription. It’s somehow a source of comfort for the patient, especially when some pharmacists do not hesitate to refer some cases to a doctor if necessary. Different drug brands are easily found in pharmacies, regardless of their country of production.
Toiletries and vitamins stores have been also emerging over large areas, with many "health" and "beauty" products that aren’t included in the category of prescript drugs.
Mike, American tourist passing through Ashrafieh said, "I came to spend two months in Beirut. I forgot my treatment for refractory cough, with of course the prescription of my doctor. I have explained the situation to the pharmacist here in Lebanon, who examined me and prescribed me my usual syrup.”