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If you know something is wrong but have a phobia of hospitals?

(19 Posts)
Whoyagonna Tue 28-Nov-17 23:18:26

And your GP is prescribing what they can but you can't swallow them. And you know there is something wrong but have a phobia of English hospitals.
Would you
A try to tolerate English hospital
B wait until you return to your home country on Christmas Eve and seek treatment there?

B will involve upsetting someone very important to you.

loveyoutothemoon Wed 29-Nov-17 07:38:46

Depends what is wrong?

BeetrootTart Wed 29-Nov-17 07:43:21

I'd wonder what your home country is that English hospitals are such a terrifying prospect.

Could you not go home earlier instead?

AuntieStella Wed 29-Nov-17 07:47:03

It all depends on the urgency.

If it can wait, getting your first treatment sorted in your home country could be a very good step.

But unless it is something that can be fixed during one visit, or you are able to visit as often as you need appointments and there is little chance of sudden need for extra appointments, then you are going to need to take steps to deal with whatever it is that is concerning you about English hospitals.

PerspicaciaTick Wed 29-Nov-17 07:53:43

If your GP thinks you need treatment urgently before Christmas then I would take their advice and not wait.
If the GP is Ok with you delaying or expects that you will be waiting until the new year for your hospital appointment anyway, then see about getting treatment while you are home.
Are you waiting for in-patient treatment or are you just waiting for an out-patient appointment or a day-patient visit to a clinic for investigations or tests. Could you cope with visiting a clinic with RL support, or would even that be a step too far?

Poshindevon Wed 29-Nov-17 07:56:02

You cannot walk into any UK hospital unless it is an emergency. Your GP ( family doctor) must refer you to a consultant or for a specific treatment or tests.
If you cant swallow the medecine and its tablets break them up and eat with yoghourt or jam fir example. If not go back to your GP.
If its not urgent wait until you go home.
You will be glad of an English hospital if you were seriously ill or in an accident you would have no option.
I wonder what country you come from?

TwitterQueen1 Wed 29-Nov-17 20:01:03

"try to tolerate English hospital".... really? I would recommend you don't waste very hard-press UK NHS resources or potentially piss off our wonderful nurses and wait until you get home to your oh so superior native hospital.

Floralnomad Wed 29-Nov-17 20:04:24

Why can’t you swallow the medication ? What’s wrong with English hospitals ? It’s a bit ridiculous to say you have a phobia about a particular hospital , that’s not a phobia that is a preference and I would assume you are not that ill because otherwise you’d be grateful for any help .

Whoyagonna Wed 29-Nov-17 22:57:03

Floral. Thank you for your very kind post.
I can't swallow the medication as I immediately throw it up.
I have a phobia of English hospitals as I was 2 weeks in a coma in ICU in an English hospital where the last thing I remember was a nurse telling me that she was going to give me something to keep me calm. I woke up 2 weeks later thinking I had rescued two children and actually thought that for a couple of days.
I am petrified of ending up in ICU again.
I have found the nurses a little cruel. Well pure cruel. They have no consideration for your pain, just for what they need to do.
My own country isn't the best, but it's not publicly funded so is somewhat better. The nurses seem kinder too.

PortiaCastis Wed 29-Nov-17 23:03:01


Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 22:04:26

Well I'm off for a gastroscopy in the morning. Really looking forward to that. Absolutely dreading it. Had to ring ex as they won't do it under sedation unless you have someone to escort you. No friends over here. God almighty.

SummerRains Thu 30-Nov-17 22:14:04

Perhaps try private healthcare in this country? You may find the nurses have more time to show care.

Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 23:07:15

Unfortunately I can't afford private.

queenofthesheds Thu 30-Nov-17 23:10:37

Are you very far from Wales?wink

Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 23:13:31

Quite far from Wales!

queenofthesheds Thu 30-Nov-17 23:14:54

Sedation is lovely. Honestly you’ll be fine

Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 23:21:33

Ye, having to ring ex has been quite humiliating though.

Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 23:22:39

I've had it under sedation before. No idea why they insist on an escort for 24 hours now.

Whoyagonna Thu 30-Nov-17 23:24:09

You're only sedated for 5 minutes.

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