A practical guide for hospital patients

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A practical guide for hospital patients

Post by pennycsf » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:14 pm

This booklet produced by CSF Dordogne Sud in 2009 guides you through hospital consultations and treatment. It was produced by poeple had experienced the French system and gives helpful advice and useful vocabulary.

The final section which refers to the cost of various items is probably out of date.
Hospital help Dec 09-1.pdf
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Re: A practical guide for hospital patients

Post by KarenVM87 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:21 pm

I would like to add a couple of points to the 2009 guide as things change so quickly here in France.
We do not need to have a carte sejour anymore.
Your UK driving licence (if it includes a photograph) is fine.
Here in our department you are advised not to drive after chemotherapy, but I know of some people that do. If you do, check with your insurance company to see if you have cover for this.
The ambulance/taxi driver will take you to the revelant department in the hospital you require. They will also take care of any paperwork for your appointment/admission.
If you require a blood test you can always go to a district nurse 'infirmiers'. Have a look in yellow pages under your town. Most have a cabinet where you can go, or if you prefer they will come to your house. In both cases they will send off the bloods to the laboratory and you will receive, normally the next day, your results.
Finally regarding pain/ douleur, if you cannot explain in french how good or bad it is, use numbers 1 being OK and 10 terrible. They will fully understand.

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Re: A practical guide for hospital patients

Post by goldenoldie » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:41 pm

Yep quite agree with everything Karen says. Hospitals here all work pain on the 1-10 scale because its hard to translate..the French have so few words for pain!! If necessary you could say "7 -like a knife stab" or "4 like a bleu (bruise)" for them to understand the depth of the pain.
Departments in Hospitals actually prefer you to use the VSL ambulance taxi, you just have to ask the specialist at the beginning. That way they know you are coming,will arrive on time and not be driving home. When I had my chemo I asked my insurance about driving and I was the first one to ask..BUT when they checked they found I was NOT covered.In case of an accident -and your reflexes are slower -then you could be open to litigation because you are driving in the knowledge that you are taking medication..so beware!!
Also if you have to go to a specialist unit far away, the VSL will save your drive/partner or husband etc the stress of driving to strange places. They are allowed to come with you and the taxi is supposed to take priority in the fast lane..you feel like royalty!!! Better still THEY always know where they are going..you are not the first with them unfortunately.

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