Health & safety
Tel Aviv is a remarkably safe city and it’s perfectly OK to wander around after dark in the central areas. The area around the old bus station is a bit dodgy; it’s a haunt for prostitutes, drug dealers and pickpockets, so try to avoid it after dark.
Tel Aviv has top-quality medical services and hotels can contact a doctor or hospital in case of emergency. Pharmacies are widespread and stock medications from Israel and Europe. Try Superpharm, which has locations at 62 Sheinken St and 131 Dizengoff St. The Dizengoff Centre has several optometrists.
Tel Aviv Doctor (054 941 4243; Basel Heights Medical Centre, 35 Basel St; www.telaviv-doctor.com) For a medical clinic aimed at travellers, tourists and English-speakers in Tel Aviv call Dr Cohen.
Dr Ayaldan (525 4186; Dizengoff Shopping Centre; 4-8pm Mon, 3-7pm Tue & Thu, 10am-2pm Fri) Provides a range of dental services, including cleanings for 220NIS.
Physicians for Human Rights (687 3718/3027; fax 687 3029; 52 Golomb St; 5-7pm Sun, Tue & Wed) Provides low-price medical assistance (30NIS for the first visit, 10NIS for follow-up visits) for visitors who aren’t covered by health insurance in Israel. Basic treatment and examinations only (ie no surgeries or x-rays).
Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov) Hospital (697 4444 general information, 691 4000; www.tasmc.org.il; 6 Weizmann St) All-in-one hospital with a 24-hour emergency room. It also has a travellers’ clinic where you can get immunisations (ask for Malram clinic) and an on-site dental clinic.
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