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chigwell, essex. uk
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Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Just thought I'd mention this. Our friend (a British Nurse) was unlucky enough to travel on the flight from Gatwick, where everyone caught chest infections. Being a Nurse she thought she's visit the Pharmacy in Caribbean Street. Here she was able to buy Amoxylin 100mg (a wide spectrum anti-biotic), for just $US10 for the course. She took these for the 3/4 days prescribed and was fine. This saved money on Doctors fees and the Pharmacist was very professional.

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1. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Interested to read your comments as reading through others talking about medical problems - I presumed they were the "upset tummy ones" - it seems this problem /virus was caused by the flight not the hotel. Have there been different problems?

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I was at the Bachata the same week and I did not have an "upset tummy" as you refer too....... I was sick!.. It was not caught on the plane. It happened three days in the trip. Long after the plane ride.. It was from something on the resort.. I do not know why or what it was but i am now on two antibiotics for 7 days and not getting any better. I am to go to a specialist today to see what's up!

The Parmacy on Caribbean Street was a good help but if you are alergic to "penicilin" (hope I spelled that right) you are out of luck. as I was...

I am so sick of people who are not sick defending the resorts. (Oh I never get sick) Blah blah Blah... You didn't see the 7 year old girl on IV did you....Blaming it on too much indulgence or whatever... I did not drink excesively nor did I eat like a pig ..or sit in the sun all day. I do take the reaponsability to say I was in a third world country and I took the precautions I thought were to be enough but unfortunately it got me...

Rochester, New York
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3. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Booger: Many of these discussion threads start with the simple question "I'm be going to resort X next month. Have you been there? Did you see much sickness?" Try to understand that some recent visitors are only saying what they experienced and what they saw; some people honestly didn't get sick, and honestly didn't see much sickness; in saying so, their intent is to offer honest reassurance to a future traveller, not to personally upset you. It is true that too many people will naively write off the illness thing as over-indulgence. They're ignorant. I'm sorry to hear that you've been ill for so long. I hope that your health will improve soon.

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4. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Thanks Bill,

Finally someone who understands..

I would and I think I said it go back anytime... We are already planning a new trip to the Bachata again..

This time I would go to the Dr. and bring along a little more heavy equipment!

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5. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

it's hard to prevent yourself from getting sick, this is a nasty virus difficult to kill. Your only weapon is your immune system I think. Since some people get sick and some don't even if they sleep together indicates that.

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6. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Curious, are you saying they gave her antibiotics without a prescription and she took them for prophylaxis?

As most are probably aware, antibiotics are not effective against viruses (like Norwalk for instance) , so if the ilness is viral in nature, the amoxylin would be useless.

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7. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

pegger

you're right. some people even quote they are taking antibiotics till now and don't feel any better....well no wonder

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booger-harley

Finally someone with the same opion as me!!!!!

I have found following my vacation at the Bachata over Xmas and New Year that I have been accused of verbally bashing the hotel and 'over exaggerating' the situation out there both from my tour operator (Thomson's in the UK I firmly believe in naming and shaming) and other posters. This is not so, I have stated before that I will definately return to this hotel in the future. HOWEVER!!! I do believe there is a re-occuring problem that needs to be appropriately addressed, the fact that the virus (what ever it is) keeps coming back is testament to me that its never really gone away.

To all those who have referred to over indulgence as being the major issue - HOW DARE YOU. I can truly tell you that I have never been so ill from sickness and diorehha in my entire life. Nearly 3 months on I still have toilet problems (for want of a better description) and have developed dislikes for foods and drinks that I have previously worshipped all my life (coffee being the best example, I was previously a complete addict and I miss it but can no longer stomach).

So thanks booger-harley for highlighting, particularly through January there were a lot of people on this board that were really ill. I hope it does'nt get that bad again.

And finally (honestly) above all else vacations are not cheap this is not a budget hotel and visitors should expect to get the standards that have been reflected in the price of the vacation. I can truly say that the Riu's meet all of the standards I would expect and that they are trying to address the issue. BUT and its a big but, I do feel like I've thrown away my money this time as the vacation was completely ruined by both mine and my husband's illness.

Hoping people have better experiences than us.

Sara

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to:poppygreendog

I also been accused of bashing the hotel, but my wife still

going thru battery of test to determined what is wrong with her,

and she never been ill before. We were in Bachata in the begining of Dec 2004. From reading the most recent reviews

it seems that the problem still exist there.

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10. Re: Medical Treatment at the Rius POP

Well,

as someone who was on the Gatwick flight which Ippwrth refers to in her posting, I'm pleased that your friend was able to be treated with the meds from the chemist. unfortunately it wasnt so for many of us who then went on to become ill with the bronchitis/chest infection. Some of whom were actually flown home from the resort in the early stages of their holiday.

I have a medical bill for over ��300 for being treated with bronchitis after this flight, having been treated with iv drips and drugs and then no less than 5 dfferent type of tablets and treatments. This still continues....so while the meds in the chemist may well work for some, it shouldn't stop people from seeking treatment from the doctor. ut this is not the hotels problem. But I do wish I had gone to the doctor earlier instead of spending wated money on medicines that didnt touch the infection from the chemist. What then made it worse was that we then went on to catch the sickness /virus that has hit so many other people. We know the bronchitis.cough/chest infection was not a problem or fault of the hotel...and even though we suffered sickness and continue to do so, do not blame the other on the hotel. But it is a situation that exists and needs to be addressed.

We were sick, and now over 2 weeks after coming back we are still sick, my 4 year old can barely eat, barely stomach any foods, can't travel in a car without being sick. And to live each day with waves of sickness, nausea and bad stomach isnt a good lasting image or memory of a holiday. Although we were sick I do not bash the hotels, but know that it is an illness which needs to be dealt with and if anything the hotels need to continue to implement their procedures to prevent the spread of infection rather than putting them back into place when they think its cleared.

I hope that any future travellers do not have to go through the illness

Karen x