French healthcare good , Calais port yuk

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Having been taken ill in Calais on Sunday , I have nothing but praise for the French health system

After a stupidly early start Sunday morning , we took a P&O ferry to Calais (£32 with 6bottles of Banrock station thrown in )

I was in the throws of a heavy cold and had not slept well for a couple of days , having done our wine and food shopping , we stopped for a bite of lunch , that is when it all caught up on me . I started to feel odd , and light headed , next thing I woke up with Cite Europe first responders checking me out .

They took my previous history ( hard going due to our limited French ) but what did get through was 3 previous heart attacks .

For them, that set the alarm bells ringing  , and an ambulance was called and I was  carted off to the Calais Hospital .

For 12 hours I was subjected to a barrage of tests ,ECG , Blood, BP etc and the upshot of it was likely fatigue and nothing else .

The E111 worked fine , and I was given a referral letter , copy of all the test results , and discharged . I was expecting some sort of invoice for the treatment , but it was just like the NHS at home , FOC

So at midnight we left the hospital to join the queue for the delayed ferries , due to the grounding of a ship earlier in the day at the port entrance , finally boarding at around 0245 .port information was all but non existent.

Out Son , who was with us but  in his car had  left earlier ,and  had been waiting over 6hours at the port , in the end we ended up on the same sailing .

Finally getting home in the early hours of Monday morning

A weekend to forget

 

 

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I (we) can echo your thoughts on the French health service - they are excellent AND glad you are OK Rodders.

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Glad all ok.

E111 worked for me in Ireland two years ago.

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E111 work well in Spain when wife was taken ill 6days in, at no cost must say the first thing they asked for was the card.

I bet in this country we yes treat them.

The Spanish Hospital was on par with our fantastic NHS Hospitals.

Happy Caravanning

Monty

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E111 is for Emergency medicine only  so no good for pre existing conditions BUT from everything I have heard is that both French and Spanish emergency care from public provision outstrips the NHS simply because the rest of the system is not taken for granted and Pharmacies are used for ALL their services and so people don't rush off to hospital at the slightest thing 

 

 

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Spoke too soon , just received a bill from the hospital for €275 , so either travel ins Co or DWP . O well . Just hope our hospitals are as robust sending out invoices , yea right !!

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Finally got it sorted out,the hospital in Calais misplaced their copy of my EHIC so billed me the full amount.

I emailed a copy of the card to them ,and have now received a amended Bill for 57 euros, which I understand equates what the French have to pay.

Also strangely is also exactly the excess on my travel insurance

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