In the short time I have lived in Turkey I have been inside more hospitals than I have in my lifetime. Mainly due to the birth of our son, but currently I am dealing with a medical issue which is nothing serious but requires me to attend hospital.
We started out at the private hospital that we used for the birth of our son. I have a great relationship with my Doctor there and felt at ease when I required some tests. However the treatment I require is not cheap through the private hospital which means I need to attend the local Government hospital.
It can be a bit scary attending hospital in a foreign country as you don’t know what to expect, is it going to be clean, will they have the latest equipment, techniques and so on.
Firstly when attending hospital here in Turkey you won’t have long waiting times to get an appointment you can turn up on the day or the preferred method is to book your appointment online. You can normal get an appointment for most minor ailments, pre natal and consultations almost immediately or at least within a two week period.
On the day of your appointment, be prepared for a wait you will be lucky if you get seen on time but we have only ever had to wait at most 45 minutes. Overall I have found the hospital we are attending clean and modern. I’ve also been in another two hospitals in Turkey and they were also very clean.
However you won’t find quiet corridors with nurses in starched linen gliding around silently. You will find queues if you can call them that, of people waiting at a door in a corridor. Here you have to be a little pushy, thankfully my husband does that for me. But people will just push in front of you if you don’t make it clear to the nurses you are there. It’s not like the UK where they will call your name and wait for you in an orderly fashion.
So far I have found the nurses are friendly and most Doctors do speak some English. It’s a matter if they decide to use it or not. My current Doctor is either being a little rude or shy with the Yabanci, however the consultant is very good.
Paperwork and tests are dealt with slightly different here in Turkey. Don’t expect the Doctor or Nurses to file away your paper work and deliver your test results be it if you’ve peed in a cup or had blood tests. It is your responsibility to take them to the correct place to get tested. You will be expected to take your paperwork to the secretaries for filing and completion and to pay any dues owed.
To get your results you will be told when they will be ready and you will be given a sticker with your number on and you check for your results online, you then take these results to your doctor and be told what the next steps are.
It means a bit of leg work, but the interesting thing is it gets things done quicker, you can get blood results by the next day, lab tests are done within a fortnight and depending on what treatment you need it is organised and handled quickly. The haphazard feel of the hospital with what seems a crazy system works well and so far I have had a good standard of treatment.
Overall the standard of health care I have experienced since coming to live in Turkey has been reasonably high. The health centre where we take baby for his check up’s and jabs and to visit the doctor is free and organised and friendly. The hospitals are clean modern and staff is helpful. For me the care and efficiency is better than what I have received in UK.
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