Respiratory Diseases

Respiratory diseases are a leading cause of illness and death in Trinidad and Tobago. The Respiratory Diseases Programme is a major component of the Government's commitment to address this public health challenge. The Respiratory Disease Programme seeks to decrease the rate of infection and reduce the number of illnesses and deaths from respiratory diseases by focusing on prevention and treatment.  The Programme provides treatment for the following illnesses:

  • Tuberculosis.
  • Management of core infectious TB/HIV.
  • Asthma.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Bronchitis - acute and chronic.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Emphysema.
  • Fibrosis.
  • Chest trauma.

Who can access respiratory disease care and treatment?

All citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are entitled to respiratory disease care and treatment free of charge.  Non-citizens must pay for treatment.  Please note that you must be referred by a doctor before you can access treatment for respiratory diseases.  Please visit your local health centre or your doctor for more information.  You must bring one form of national identification when you are referred for treatment.

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How long does it take to receive treatment?

Patients are given an appointment within a period of three months, however emergency cases are given priority.  Please note that if the patient has been discharged from Chest Clinic for a period of six months and requires re-admission, another referral letter will be required.

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Where can I go for treatment?

The services under this programme are accessible at the locations listed below.


Caura Chest Hospital - Thoracic Medical and Surgical Unit

Caura Royal Road

El Dorado

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 662-2211

Opening hours: 24 hour admission - no casualty - referrals only.


Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex

Uriah Butler Highway

Champs Fleurs

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 645-2640

Opening hours: 24 hours.


San Fernando General Hospital

Independence Avenue

San Fernando

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 652-3875

Opening hours: 24 hours.


Scarborough Health Centre

Scarborough Regional Hospital

Robinson Street


Tobago, West Indies

Tel. (868) 639-2551 Ext 410

Opening hours: 24 hours.

You must make an appointment to see a dentist or dental nurse at a health clinic or at the Dental Hospital.  Please contact the health clinic you wish to attend or the Dental Hospital to make an appointment.  Emergency patients do not need to make an appointment as they are seen on a walk-in basis.  Please note that in order to access speciality clinics such as oral surgery and orthodontics, you need a referral from a dentist. 

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, or contact the office below.


Ministry of Health

Cor. Park and Edward Streets

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 627-0012

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Ministry of Health

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