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Experiences of Polish Hospitals

vndunne 43 | 279  
25 May 2008 /  #1
Hi. I might regret asking this question but what are people experiences of Polish Hospitals? I have to go in for a 2 day procedure. I have already spent 2 days in a polish hospital this year for tests so i have an idea. However, this next stay will involve a bit of an operation i.e. getting my tonsils out and i was just looking for peoples expericences of surgical procedures. I know i wont be getting 5 star treatement in relation to food etc.

I do have the option to have it done privately in ireland but that will involve having to get a number of referrals, going back and forth and will probably have to wait a few months.

The professor in poznan that i am seeing can bring me in June/July and i would like to get it out of the way.

As i said, i have spent 2 days in a poznan hospital already so have an idea about things. And I come from ireland, where you risk the potential of getting any number of bugs if you venture into the public health system.

Any constructive advice welcome.
z_darius 14 | 3,965  
25 May 2008 /  #2
Removal of tonsils is somewhere in the category of extracting wisdom teeth, so in essence, it is not a major surgery. Back in the day they would remove tonsils by definition if a person go tonsillitis more than a couple times.

The only issue that you may have, and which has nothing to do with where the procedure takes place, is that you don't appear to be a kid anymore. The post surgery period in adults is be very tough for a couple weeks after the fact.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
25 May 2008 /  #3
what are people experiences of Polish Hospitals?

Private or NFZ?
OP vndunne 43 | 279  
25 May 2008 /  #4
London Chick..i have to establish that yet i.e. private or NFZ.

Thanks Darius..yeah , i am kinda aware of the post treatment recovery(though trying hard to ignoer it). And you are correct that i am not a kid. Unfortunately, the tonsils are apparently affecting a skin condition i have and making it worse hence the need to have the out.
25 May 2008 /  #5
Don't worry vndunne.
It’s easy, however unpleasant, operation. Will it be done by laser or traditionally (by knife brrrrr) ;)
OP vndunne 43 | 279  
25 May 2008 /  #6
Nurse..not sure. Another question i need to ask my professor...
Would you trust the polish medical system to do it!!!????
25 May 2008 /  #7
by knife

Savage :)

I had my tonsils out when I was 7 years old and they gave me loads of ice cream and tomato soup after the op. Very nice it was too.

Would you trust the polish medical system to do it!!!????

Surely you are not going to be the first human being to have their tonsils removed in Poland and survive ? I expect the op is carried out on many children and they live to tell the tale :)
25 May 2008 /  #8

And do it privet. It will be fast and dosent cost much. And doing it by laser is less painful after operation. But doctor need to decide which method is better for you.
25 May 2008 /  #9
And do it privet

Think you mean 'private' doing it in a 'privet' wouldn't be very sterile I imagine :)
osiol 55 | 3,921  
25 May 2008 /  #10

Ligustrum spp. (usually refers to L. ovalifolium, a rather dull, semi-evergreen hedging plant).
25 May 2008 /  #11
Ligustrum spp

Gosh that sounds ever so sexy Osiol <g>

Do you munch on it ?

25 May 2008 /  #12
Good job ppl

I need all kind of feedback - linguistic as well
OP vndunne 43 | 279  
25 May 2008 /  #13
Nurse, Thanks. I will talk to my professor this week and ask him about the method with preference for it to be laser on my part..


Please also factor in the fact that i am a man and hence adverse to anything medical.!!!
Looking forward to the ice cream..know a nice desert which includes vodka.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
25 May 2008 /  #14
You'll be fine... I'd feel much safer in a clinic in Poland than one in the UK.
25 May 2008 /  #15
You'll be fine.

But vndunne if you are worried and rich, then you can leave me all your money and I shall look after it for you and I promise to pour a very large glass of vodka over your grave every day and I may even plant a privet there. Ice cream would of course be an extra hehehehe !

When will you have the op then ?


Please also factor in the fact that i am a man

That goes without saying !
25 May 2008 /  #16
Using vodka after surgery – it would definitely boost the state of being sterile, any germ will survive ;)
OP vndunne 43 | 279  
25 May 2008 /  #17
Thanks ladywithnotonsil....Doctor wants me to have it during summer so post op, i can get some sun which is then suppose to clear up my psoriasis. So probably late june or early july if it can be arranged.
25 May 2008 /  #18
Using vodka after surgery

If there's any left after the Surgeon and the Nurses have had their tipple during vdunnes surgery <just kidding> LOL

Maybe that's the answer, get drunk on your way to the op then you won't worry about a thing ! Men ! I was very brave when I had mine out and I was only 7. We females are so brave !


late june or early july

Hope it all goes well for you and it helps with your skin condition.

Good luck !

dnz 17 | 710  
25 May 2008 /  #19
Polish hospitals are excellent! I thought my kidney gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago and within 5 hours I had an xray, ultrasound, saw a specialist and got fixed. A far cry from the hospitals in the UK, Most of the staff spoke fluent English too, This was at a state hospital. This was the one near Ikea (the M1 centre)
Seanus 15 | 19,674  
25 May 2008 /  #20
I was in hospital for 3 days when I came off my bike. I must admit that they looked after me very well. Credit to them.
sylviagarcia - | 11  
25 May 2008 /  #21
my polish friend, kasia, told me that if you wanna have a baby in poland, you will have to set a side a good amount of money to get a really good hospital service. otherwise, the polish nurses would just ignore you. isn't that so traumatic for mothers who's just given birth? if you're a nurse, just try and think how you would feel if you were on that bed giving birth and the same time your other foot's already in the grave. i will definitely take kasia's opinion as a warning.
z_darius 14 | 3,965  
25 May 2008 /  #22
my polish friend, kasia, told me that if you wanna have a baby in poland, you will have to set a side a good amount of money to get a really good hospital service

Nah, a bedroom will do. Just make sure you... ahem... attempt it somewhere between the 12 and 16 day ;)
z_darius 14 | 3,965  
26 May 2008 /  #24
Seriously, there are some differences I noticed between Polish and American/Canadian hospitals. Things may have changed since I left Poland but from what I remember this is the gist of it:

- Poland had far cheaper advanced medical equipment.

- Neither US nor Poland differ in terms of admissions to emergency rooms. In fact I found American and Canadian ones lagging behind Poland. Patients waiting for hours, sometimes days on stretchers in hallways. Older folks sent by retirement homes for emergency treatments in hospitals most of the time return in terrible condition. Bed sores, zero help in regards to the patients personal hygiene.

I took a friend with broken ribs and punctured lung to emenrgency in NYC. We waited 8 hours, and when I complained I was told that the American medical care is the best in the world.

- Somehow the US and Canadian medical personnel lost their focus on the basics. You should not put your feet on the desk or the chair in a hospital! It's not OK just because the sneakers are white and look clean, They are not. And it doesn't help that they hang those antibacterial soaps all over the place - MRSA cases are sky rocketing.

- In Poland a doctor actually took time to examine you. Here only some do. At a predefined rate of $$$ a pop it's mostly conveyor type of system. In Canada I was seen by a surgeon in a reputable hospital. I was one of 85 patients he saw that day. He works 5 hours a day. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, 97 patients in 6 hours. That's 3 minutes and 9 seconds per patient.

- In North America you are assumed healthy, unless your vital signs are spotty.

- In North America you are considered sick if there is a new medication a pharmaceutical company paid a doctor to push it to patients.

I have enough experience with Polish hospitals to say the care is solid and based on sound medical practice. I never went to a hospital to party so I didn't care about the nice, or not nice approach of some nurses. Both nasty and pleasant nurses are also abundant in North America, and a lot depends on the patient. As.sholes get minimal care required by the law. Nice people will get and extra touch and a smile. Not different from just about any other environment where people interact.
LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
26 May 2008 /  #25
And here's an article about Brits heading overseas (including Poland) to escape MRSA: statmedica
OP vndunne 43 | 279  
26 May 2008 /  #26
Nice polish medical story..

Have to get vaccinated against hepatitis b before op. Think i had it done a few years ago. They can tell by blood sample. Went to one of the private clinics in poznan today to arrange an appointment for a bloodtest...i was greeted with..'Do you want to do it now?'...10 minutes later i had test done and will have results on Wednesday. Cost was 75 zlt....about 23 euro.
goodlook - | 13  
26 May 2008 /  #27
You see,
Polish health care is professional, especially private one :)
Don’t worry vndunne.
28 May 2008 /  #28
goodlook or lookgood ;)
Avalon 4 | 1,068  
28 May 2008 /  #29
I had a triple bypass in Krakow just over a year ago. The facilities were first rate and the staff were fantastic. It was the cleanest hospital I have ever been in. I am glad that I had this operation here and not in the UK. I will always owe a big debt for the care and kindness shown to me.

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