Living in Cyprus? Do you need hospital care or visiting a friend or relative in hospital in Cyprus
Hospital Care Cyprus. The information is generic and not to be followed directly without consultation from your own GP. We are all individuals and our medical needs will vary according to age and medical condition.
The information is based on that first initial visit to the General Hospital or even a private clinic here in Cyprus. If you have a blue medical book, remember to take it with you. Whether you are a patient our a visitor to the hospital the experience can be quite nerve-racking, but just keep calm and try to relax.
If you attending for a hospital appointment it is best to arrive early, as you have to queue and then register before you see a doctor, even if you have a pre-arranged appointment. The earlier you arrive the better. A long wait is fairly common once you have registered. Take a book and some refreshments to make your wait more bearable.
It is best to take a friend or relative with you, especially if you are not very mobile or are prone to memory loss. Before you visit write down any symptoms you have and also any questions you have for the doctor. Do not assume that the doctor has all your medical notes.
Visits and Admissions
During the visit be sure that you understand everything that the doctor tells you. Most doctors speak very good English in the hospitals and many have worked within the UK NHS system. It is helpful to take notes of what the doctor recommends. Note taking is often helpful and maybe be useful after you have left the hospital.
If you are admitted and need hospital care, keep calm and inform friends and neighbours so that they can visit you. Hospitals can be quite worrying at the best of times and you may feel worried or helpless. It is useful if you can to ask visitors to bring certain foods or other items that may make your stay in hospital a little more comforting and bearable.
As a relative or friend it is important that you visit on a regular basis
A smiling face can offer comfort and reassurance to someone who is struggling with hospital care. Try to avoid discussing any negative news, as this will cause the patient increased anxiety and will not help their recovery.
Medical staff often work under stressful conditions. Treat them with respect and understanding. Please remember, not all staff will speak English. If you need to speak to a member of the medical team, politely ask for an English speaking staff member. Be patient, as that person maybe busy with another patient or on a break. Communicating with the medical staff can be very helpful, as you may notice a change in the patients medical condition or state of mind that has gone unnoticed by the medical staff. It is generally best to speak to the Ward Sister at the nurses station.
After the hospital visit you maybe referred back to your own GP
Make sure that you do see your GP and share the information and recommendations you receive after your hospital visit. If any medication is prescribed or any dietary requirements are recommended, ensure that you follow the instructions and take the correct amount of medication at the prescribed times. It is always best to share the information with a close family member or a friend who can assist you if required.
If you are unable to cope and feel that you may need extra assistance once you are home, don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help. Depending on where you live, there are a number of volunteer groups around Cyprus. However if specialist care is required at home then it is best to contact one of the Nursing Care Agencies. We are there to provide support and assistance with nurses and qualified carers. Our support services may well save you having to be re-admitted for further hospital care. Finally, our costs will vary depending on requirements and the location of the client.