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Health Clinic in Algoz

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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:46 pm

Thanks for the reply, guys. I do have the '112 ' number next to my phone.

Cheers,

Garrick

 

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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:14 am

Very Happy I am delighted to report that I visited the Clinic today and handed my Cartão do Utente (A4 sheet of paper) and said I wished to register. I did not produce, nor was asked for any other documentation. Details were entered onto the computer and I have been given an appointment for an initial Consultation next week with a specified Doctor (I think there are only two). Delightful Receptionist whose only complaint was that she couldn't get the computer to accept the post code for my Apartado, which is next door to the Clinic where she herself has a box. The Clinic was empty when I entered and one man came in after me. Rolling Eyes

Thank you so much Micas for your kind offer of assistance but it couldn't have been easier! Very Happy


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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:59 am

Glad to hear Victoria and again my offer stands, if ever you are desperate and need an interpreter I am glad to help and will make the trip for you. At the Hospital in Portimão a lot of doctors speak English but I found that it is always good to have somebody with experience to deal with the small details. That I have got, unfortunately.

Health Centres are Ok for the routine and if you need regular appointments always make them in advance. If it is emergency treatment you need Casualty is the answer. If you go there with a cold you may have to wait 4 hours, if it is serious you get seen.

It is Ok to take Easyjet... if you are well enough to fly, Tombo.

 

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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:26 am

Very Happy Micas, you are truly a gem ... xx Thank you again for your kind offer of help and I will e-mail over the weekend.

Hubby sent me a picture of a water-spout / water tornado coming up at Luz today so hope you were safe where you are slightly inland. Strangely, we went onward from the Clinic to Portimão Hospital and thought about going for a late lunch there but as the weather was iffy came back home. Probably would have been there when it happened and hubby would have loved to have seen it, but ....

Tchauzinha xx


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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:00 pm

This just goes to show the great disparity in wealth amongst the portuguese population.
There you all are in the touristy bits of the Algarve and able to walk-in to a health clinic without any hassle. No queues, appointments no problem.

Meanwhile at this end of the Algarve where the workers are and people are scraping to make a living, the health centre is over run. There is no sign of affluence there. Once one has battled to
get through the queue jumping gypsies you then have a long wait if indeed you can get an "vaga"

When I was a resident, five years and still no appointed Doctor. Always "sem Médico "on your notes.


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:27 pm

We don't all have an allocated GP Tombo. We have been very lucky in Praia da Luz where we have a doctor at the Junta de Freguesia (Parish Council). For 8 years we had a gem of a GP, spoke reasonable English, nothing was ever too much for her, never rushed the consultations.
Now she has retired so we see whoever is there. In one week my OH saw two locum (whatever the plural is) but both very nice. One was Spanish, did not speak any English, Portuguese was so, so, was I pleased to speak Spanish! This is how it is, if you have to rely on the NHS cannot grumble too much. Private insurance is expensive and if you are of an age and with long medical history NHS is the only option.

Failing the Junta we have to go to Lagos Health Centre and it is busy at all times. We still have to go there very often for blood tests and must say the nurses could not be nicer and accommodating.

Yes, Victoria, it appears there was a tornado over the sea at Luz, we are a 1km outside towards Lagos and did not notice anything apart from the heavy rain but my neighbour mentioned that he saw it. Lucky miss for us.

 

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Re: Health Clinic in Algoz

Post Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:13 pm

- tombo

Myself, if I have the choice, before electing to go to the local Health Centre I would call EasyJet first.
Good luck.



And good luck to you too ...

We have a friend local to us who has medical problems ... he lives here permanently but has not applied for Residency nor changing over driving licenses, etc, ie, not doing anything legal. Every three months he has to go back to the UK for a consultancy for a non-operable condition. He has told us it costs up to £1,000 per trip (that's flights depending on season, travel/taxis/car at airport, house/dog/cat sitters here, travel/taxi/hire cars in UK, hotels/food)... so for four times a year it costs on an average of about £3,000 to them. For goodness sake, you could go to the Hospital Particular here and get the same consultancy for a fraction of the price ... and that's paying privately! We know as we have done it!

What do-lally land do some of you live in? Check out the private prices here.


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