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Active Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 15
September 20, 2011 9:49 pm  


has anyone had the unfortunate need to require urgent care? Have you had a heart attack or a traumatic injury? What was your experience like? I can't even imagine getting an ambulance on scene and then to the hospital in an acceptable amount of time with the traffic and such. Am I overly concerned? Thoughts....

East Ender
Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 5404
September 20, 2011 10:29 pm  

Boy, oh, boy...You aren't even here and you're worried about having a heart attack? 😉

Okay, medicine isn't like it is in the good ole USA, but, we do have basic emergency services. Many people purchase medical evacuation insurance in case you have one of those emergencies for which we are not equipped. We do not have neurosurgery nor cardiac surgery. We do have some very good general surgeons and suddenly there is a plethora of orthopedic surgeons.

Is there some reason you are worried about this?

Trusted Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 1017
September 20, 2011 11:15 pm  

I have a friend that had to call the ambulance a few years ago. Had to give the 911 operator direction to their house. Thought was having a heart attack, but it ended up being something else which was just as dangerous and ended up in ICU for 8 days. Could have died. Very lucky according to stateside dr. who heard the story.

Got very good care in hospital from what they say. A lot of traveling nurses. But also some local nurses. And other medical techs needed to treat the emergency condition were both travelers and locals.

Dr. Flood followed up for several months afterwards and all is well.

(This was not a pre-existing condition. An emergency situation. If you have a complicated pre-existing condition, I would think twice about moving here. Most on this board would give this same advice.)

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Joined: 17 years ago
Posts: 2138
September 21, 2011 12:23 am  

We had an incident of kidney stones on STX a couple of weeks ago. The ambulance was here in 10 minutes. I met the ambulance at a nearby landmark and led them to the house. The hospital took a few hours to do a CAT scan and get a doctor to review the scan, but it was all in the middle of the night, so we were impressed overall.

Active Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 15
September 21, 2011 12:42 am  

No reason in particular, just curious.

Trusted Member
Joined: 13 years ago
Posts: 591
September 21, 2011 2:37 am  

I had a week-long stay at Juan Louis hospital last year. My husband drove me to the ER and the doctors + nurses are still unsure how I WALKED myself in....
The on call doc has been my Doc ever since that first night.

There were definitely some nurses who should've picked another field and were awful - they'd get upset if I told them that I was waiting on my meds (hours late) so I could go to sleep... that was mostly toward the end of the week when I was getting better and they let up the surveillance on me (sent my regular nurse off to do her other duties)

Ive been back for other medical procedures since.

Advanced Member
Joined: 12 years ago
Posts: 69
September 21, 2011 2:57 pm  

Are there urgent care centers on STX or do you have to go to the ER?
I am thinking about buying travelers insurance for my year in STX.
Anyone have experience with that?

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