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Medical service advise please...

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Medical service advise please...

Hi... in just 4 days we're off to Barbados... and now our youngest ( 2 ) is sick... great. As it is "just" a bad cold with bad cough, eye infection and fortunately not a high fever, I will most probably travel ( after consulting our GP before we head off, of course... ).

that just made me wonder...

what is the situation in Barbados regarding Doctors or Hospitals?

We stay in Turtle Beach... anyone know a good!! Doc around there, who is specialised in younger Kids as well???

Will bring my own bag of medicine to cater for the little bits and bobs but would love to know where to go if something worse is happening...

Thanks!

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1. Re: Medical service advise please...

Firstly, ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any bills you might incur.

There is a hospital in Bridgetown for emergencies.

Not far from Turtle Beach (ten minute walk) is the Elcourt Clinic, which (I think) offers a 24 hour service, you can just drop in there and see a doctor, although there may be some wait. The will write a prescription if necessary and point you in the direction of the closest open pharmacy. There is a charge to see the doctor, but if excessive you can claim back on your travel insurance.

There is a good pharmacy in Worthing, just ask for directions, with a pharmacist who will offer advice for basic ailments.

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2. Re: Medical service advise please...

Thanks for answer... fortunately we do have a good travel insurance... the poor guys... I had to cancel 3 trips since november last... thanks to little one always getting sick - in the night BEFORE our flights... well... we're off to see the GP in the morning. 4 nights left and with lots of love and medicine ( and good faith ) he will be fine on Thursday...

so... let's wait and see and hopefully we can enjoy some nice times in beautiful Barbados soon... the weather would be soooo good for our little king... he'd be better in no time ;-)

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3. Re: Medical service advise please...

good luck with all of that.. bring the meds (just becareful to pack them not carry them on (unless they meet the required small amounts for hand luggage).. and I totally agree with everything that LMR said. Elcourt (even though I haven't been in a while, is a good place) and there are pharmacies around as well. There is one just west of Accra Beach hotel, blue building, who is very helpful.

and yes, medical insurance certainly does help.

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4. Re: Medical service advise please...

Just one thought ...ask your GP about possible ear /pressure problems when taking off and landing

If he has a 'cold' this can sometimes affect the ears and this can be made worse when flying ...and can be quite painful

A decongestant can sometimes help

If you do decide to take medications onboard.......it might be worth getting a doctors note to confirm they are required

Edited: 22 March 2010, 12:38
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with regards to the ear pressure issue on flights. for your 2 year old I would recommend gum, if you give them, or reverting back to a nursing bottle.. even if it's just water.. something to suck on, where they have to swallow as well. and I do agree with the docs note on the medications. however, while I subscribe to the decongestant for ear issues, I've been told not to.

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6. Re: Medical service advise please...

Hi... meds packed and appointment with GP made...

he looks much better already, but with a child you can never be too careful... i know how much it hurts when you get an earblock... used to be cabin crew and had it more than once ... ;-)

I heard there might be a doc in the hotel complex as well?

Hope I wont even have to go near one during our stay... 3 days to go... Ready now!!!

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7. Re: Medical service advise please...

Have fun!

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8. Re: Medical service advise please...

You have some great advice here from Sunnie and MDP!

Hotels usually have relationships with nearby doctor's offices in case a guest becomes ill. So, you may want to send them an email and state your concerns.

I do hope that you all enjoy your stay in Bim!

BB

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9. Re: Medical service advise please...

Thanks so much and we just get packing already...

Kids all so excited already - just heard so many good things about Barbados I am sooo looking forward to our stay!!!

Fingers crossed the flights will be ok for the little one and then we can enjoy 10 days on that beautiful Island...

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10. Re: Medical service advise please...

I hope the little one manages to stay well, but rest assured that you will be in good hands if necessary.

Have a wonderful holiday, I'm sure you'll love Barbados as much as the rest of us!