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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby fredlk » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:50 am

fredlk wrote: .... the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital Dermatology Department and asked to see the doctor. I think they are only used to doing penis- and breast-enlargements because all the doctor could show me were pictures on Google of Gangrene. I said I want a biopsy. She wasn't too pleased with my demand ....

I just got the result of the biopsy. It was exactly as she thought Pyoderma gangrenous. Now who is crazy, she, me or the team of doctors at the Queen Sirikit Navy Hospital?
All I know is I'm feeling increasingly better on the antibiotics and treatment at the Bangkok-Pattaya would either mean steroids or an immunosuppressant.
According to what I read, Pyoderma gangrenous is often associated with people who suffer from Chrohn's disease or Ulcerative Collitis. I have yet to get either.
I asked "Then why did I get a fever within 2 hours of seeing you?" No reply.

My conclusion is that if you have any dermatological problems, it is best to avoid the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital and while saving you money it might even save your life.
(A friend of mine went there to have an unsightly mark removed and ended up scarred.)
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby fredlk » Fri May 04, 2012 7:54 am

It's two weeks today since the spots appeared and this morning I've taken the last of my heavy antibiotics. One of the two wounds that appeared is completely healed while the other, on my foot, is still largely raw and open. It looks healthy enough and there's almost zero gunk being excreted, but it's still open and delicate. It's contracted by about 2 centimetres already. I only get the dressing changed every 4 or 5 days now and it's all thanks to this:
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In the past gauze was always applied and I did the same myself, but the gauze ended up sticking to the wound and lengthening the healing process. This amazing stuff covers the wound and absorbs any liquid coming off it while allowing it to breathe and heal and close. Like I said, the one on my shoulder treated in this way with nothing other than cleaning with a saline solution every time it was opened, has healed completely in no time at all. I will be stocking up on this stuff to cover any wounds from now on. On the pack it says it's a "Soft Gel Adhesive".
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby fredlk » Fri May 04, 2012 1:31 pm

fredlk wrote:I only get the dressing changed every 4 or 5 days now

I forgot to add that even with the "foreigner-surcharge" applied, the cost is 105 Baht.
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby FaustinaFunke » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:44 am

I am just arrive in Bangkok yesterday. I want to know which hospital/clinic is good for medical check up? It's required for my job application. Any help/info is very much appreciated.
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Roger Ramjet » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:32 am

FaustinaFunke,
If I have anything seriously wrong I go to Bumrungrad Hospital in central Bangkok. All the doctors speak English there. Be warned, it can be expensive, but you don't need an appointment..... and they've managed to keep me alive for a while. It is the only hospital I would go to for specialist treatment.
Most of the other hospitals in Bangkok will also give you a medical certificate.
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby pattayapope » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:43 am

Bangkok Pattaya Hospital group have a special on medical check ups as part of the Kings Birthday celebrations, one of the only good value things this group offer at a resonable price.
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:36 pm

FaustinaFunke wrote:I am just arrive in Bangkok yesterday. I want to know which hospital/clinic is good for medical check up? It's required for my job application. Any help/info is very much appreciated.

The one I use is the mission hospital http://www.mission-hospital.org. The checkup doctor I've seen speaks good English and with her notes remembered me from a single visit 4 years ago.

I added a vitimin e test to the checkup in July which added ฿2,500 bring my checkup cost to about ฿12,000.

A good point for me was that they start the wellness Centre at 7am so I was out of there by 8:30
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Roger Ramjet » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:19 pm

Just to keep this thread up to date, I had a growth on my left shoulder and on the right pinna (ear flap) and went to Bumrungrad a few months ago and saw a skin specialist aged about 70 who gave me some antibiotic cream and told me that would fix the problem. Just over a week ago I had biopsies done on both by a visiting Professor from another hospital and the results came back as cancer (two different types) so today I leave for the Royal Darwin Hospital (would have left sooner but for the Singapore GP) cancer treatment centre to have at least one operated on and we'll see what they say about the other.
Over the last two operations at Bumrungrad I have a totally revised opinion of their competency in certain fields of medicine.
At least I'll be able to put my Veterans' Affairs Gold Card to good use before the Aussie pollies decide they will cancel it or replace it with the Aged Care Card or cancel both altogether. :D :D
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby schuimpge » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:26 pm

Wish you best of luck RR.. hope all turns out well
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Klondyke » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:32 am

Few years ago I had such skin cancer problems on ear and nose, have it get removed in a provincial state hospital, not in the same year. In both cases the surgery had to be twice repeated since the cancer was very deep (due to my quite late attention). After the surgery my ear was like of Van Gogh's and my nose sewed like of Frankenstein's. After daily redressing few days afterwards all that had healed perfectly, tofay cannot see any trace of it.

Cannot complain on a state hospital, even after some other surgeries...
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:47 pm

Just a quick update, I have had most of the right ear removed and will get the dressing changed when I get back on the 1st. Everything was perfect until I was sent to the ward and some silly nurses decided they would change my medication, so at 0300 hrs in the morning I just discharged myself, then I went to the Administrator at 0900 hrs with a formal written complaint. She was not a happy camper when I left her with the mess she had to sort out, especially as the silly nurses had called the police because I had "drugs" on me (that i bought with a covering letter from my Prof Dr. in Thailand. I now ask myself how stupid are the nurses we are turning out over here. I just showed the Police constable the laptop with all the covering letters, including letters from Australian specialists saying I was to self medicate as they couldn't supply two of the drugs.
I still can't believe it.
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Re: hospitals and health issues

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:05 pm

Just to give the above greater perspective, I was scheduled for day surgery and would have been allowed to come back to the hotel, but for the fact my wife could not fly across to be with me and bring me back to the hotel. That hospital (Royal Darwin Private Hospital) has really serious issues when nurses think they can dictate and lock away a person's medication because they don't think he should be allowed to self medicate.
As Scrooge would say: Bah, Humbug.
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