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    Posted: 18 Jun 2012 at 7:48pm
No, not that sort of drugs! I'm talking about hospital-type drugs. We're booked to visit Corfu next month.  My wife has recently developed a heart condition called AF; she's only had 2 episodes of it so far, but both required urgent A&E intervention and appropriate cardiac drugs. I've read a lot in the papers about Greek hospitals running out of even basic drugs due to budget pressures. My question is - what's the situation likely to be in Corfu? If my wife needed urgent care there, might the main hospital manage? Or are there private facilities which might be able to cope? Any thoughts appreciated.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 12:29pm
I'm not sure what the situation will be when you go. I know friends who are resident on the island were having trouble getting some of their prescription drugs. It may be different for tourists, as the pharmacy will be guaranteed their money by the insurance companies. It might be worth your while seeing your doctor before you go, and asking if you could have an emergency supply of the drugs required. I did this before we went over in May, as my repeat prescription was due to run out when we were away, and it was no problem. Actual treatment from a doctor shouldn't be a problem, as their are usually doctors in resort, with small clinics. The main hospital is in Corfu Town. Where are you staying? Good luck.   Moyra  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 2:14pm
It's not GP-type drugs which I'm worried about, she'll have plenty of those.  It's the emergency cardiac drugs used in A&E resuscitation units I'm concerned about. These are not the things you can get prescriptions for.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 5:26pm
Yes, there is a shortage of prescription drugs, and the pharmacy stocks are lower than usual so being a tourist paying through insurance would be no advantage there.
 
I have not heard of any similar problems at the hospital however where they are very well equipped with all the latest things, and I am certain that any drug needed to save a life would definitely be there.
 
By the way the hospital is not in Corfu Town but in Kontokali, about 5 kms north
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 7:55pm

I'm sure you've thought of this, but, will you be staying close enough to the hospital if need be, or will you have a hire car in case heaven forbid you need to get your wife to the hospital quickly.

If you call an ambulance--don't take this as gospel, but, it might be a private ambulance that arrives and you might be taken to a private clinic.
 
I really hope none of the information is required and that you have a lovely holidaySmile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jun 2012 at 8:45pm
Thanks, Maggy, yes we have a car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2012 at 2:11pm
Remember the Greek emergency services number is 112- although I have been told that if you dial 999 it is diverted to ths Greek number.  This number should get you through to a state ambulance and hence to the excellent cardiac unit at the hospital- which I hope you will not need!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 6:41pm
Originally posted by tiger79 tiger79 wrote:


No, not that sort of drugs! I'm talking about hospital-type drugs. We're booked to visit Corfu next month.  My wife has recently developed a heart condition called AF; she's only had 2 episodes of it so far, but both required urgent A&E intervention and appropriate cardiac drugs. I've read a lot in the papers about Greek hospitals running out of even basic drugs due to budget pressures. My question is - what's the situation likely to be in Corfu? If my wife needed urgent care there, might the main hospital manage? Or are there private facilities which might be able to cope? Any thoughts appreciated.

Hi,

We stay in Roda and a couple of our friends were staying there at the same time. The lady wasn't very well and had something wrong with her heart. Unbeknown to us, she went to see a Cardiologist in a place called Acharavi and she received excellent treatment from him and a diagnosis. Whether they would have the drugs needed for your wife, I don't know, but at least there are people that know what they are doing should the need arise, that has got to help. Over to you Kernowman if you are reading this (husband of the wife who saw the Cardiologist).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Jun 2012 at 10:23pm
My wife has been taking medication for a number of years for high blood pressure. She hasn't been very well for the past few months but our GP told us she was OK to go on holiday and that he would arrange a consultation at the main hospital when we got back. However she wasn't very good while we were in Corfu so I persuaded her to see a Doctor in Acharavi. It turned out he was a Cardiologist. We hadn't made an appointment but he saw her within 30 minutes, carried out a number of tests, arranged different medications for her, got her to do a treadmill test 4 days later. Her blood pressure is much better. She has seen our GP since coming home and he has arranged an appointment for her to see an NHS cardiologist in Plymouth but it won't be until 6th August!!. The Greek economy may be in dire straits but they know how to organise their health services. The two visits to the Cardiologist cost 200 Euros. Money well spent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 12:41am
Although I don't know about the drug situation, I would recommend that you make sure your travel insurance company is aware of your wife's condition. You may have already done this, but you can't be too safe.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Jul 2012 at 10:42pm
Thanks for the replies.  We've now cancelled our trip to Corfu on medical advice - it seems that the medical profession is also concerned about the potential shortage of emergency medication.  When things improve in Greece, we'll be back.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2012 at 8:54am
After what I witnessed in Corfu last week you have done the best thing.
Keep taking your, take a holiday in kassiopi pills.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2012 at 10:30am
What did you see that the rest of us missed?   I find the new Corfu hospital very impressive indeed, as have several friends unfortunate enough to have had stays there.  On one visit to a friend there I met the English lady in the bed opposite, in with a heart problem, who said it had taken 3 hours to get tests done on admission that had taken over a week to get done in UK! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jul 2012 at 1:44pm
Glad you asked that Jan, as it creates potentially unwarranted wariness to those of us who are due to visit.

Please elaborate further to put peoples minds at rest Davyboy.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2012 at 11:31am
To cut a long story short an Ambulance was called for at 10 30pm by a doctor and never arrived, at 4 30 am the lady was took to hospital in a taxi. Maybe a one off. No ones slamming the medical profession. I have been going to Corfu for many years and will continue to do so.
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