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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tip Tuesday: Medical needs while at your resort

Welcome to another Tip Tuesday!

Now that fall is around the corner, flu/cold/allergy/sinus/whateverelse season is around the corner as well. This means you could find yourself catching something while on vacation at Walt Disney World. While the custodial cast members do a fantastic job of keeping the various resorts, attractions, restaurants and more as spotless as possible, there simply is no way to completely prevent the spread of germs.

So here's the scenario: you're in your resort room and you've talked to your doctor's office. They want to phone in a prescription for an antibiotic for you. Where do they call and how can you get it? There are a few drug stores located around Walt Disney World that will deliver prescriptions and other drug store-like items (cough syrup, etc.) for a small delivery fee. I've personally used Turner Drug. You can call them at (404) 828-8125. It's important to remember that they do not accept insurance plans, so be sure to keep your paperwork so you can send it into your insurance company later for reimbursement.

But what if you're (or your child's) illness is a bit more serious? There are some physicians who will do "house calls" or you can go to a nearby urgent care center. CentraCare has an office located near Downtown Disney on South Apopka Vineland Road. They can be reached at (407) 934-CARE (2273). They have office hours Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to Midnight and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you would rather schedule an in-room doctor's visit, just call CentraCare at (407) 238-2000. Another in-room doctor's service is MedicalConcierge. Like the drug store delivery, these services may not accept insurance plans, though they will provide the reimbursement forms for you.

Of course, if you or someone is very seriously ill or injured, you should call 911.

Hopefully, you'll never need to use any of these services, but this is good information to have just in case. Oh, and if you happen to be at WDW and didn't bring down phone numbers, etc. for these resources, don't worry. Just talk to the front desk concierge. They have all the information for you and will help you make whatever arrangements you need.

6 comments:

Alex Cenac said...

Chuck:

We used this service for our daughter when staying at the Grand Floridian during our visit in October 2009. We were very pleased with the physician and his treatment.

http://doctorsoncallservice.com/

Scott said...

I believe you can have a physician call in a prescription at a Walgreen's or a CVS and have it transferred to any Walgreen's or CVS in the country. If you have Rx coverage, you should be able to still use it that way. I know I've done it from the prescribing end a time or two.

Chuck Lionberger said...

Scott -- I believe you are correct. For those guests who can make it to a CVS or Walgreen's, that would be a great option. For those guests who are relying solely on Disney transportation and don't want to take a cab, a delivery service might be a better option.

Karen K said...

My mom used the Centracare in Sept 2005 and was very pleased with the Dr and her care. She was given a prescription and got her meds filled right there.

Nelly said...

Wow I am so glad to know about this medical service. It is always nice to know where to run when times of emergency such as medical services. Sickness can strike anywhere and anytime so better be prepared at all times. Thank you for sharing this blog.

Ian said...

That is so true Nelly... Good thing there are already medical service offered to tourist or guest. Actually, when it comes to this my wife is a girl scout. She always brings with us medicines during travels. We always have with us heath kit.

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