Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Need a doctor Kanazawa?

Hi folks,

Thought I'd drop a boring but hopefully useful note to say if anyone is desperate for a doctor in Kanazawa then I can recommend the one at Kanazawa station called "Kanazawa Medical Station". If you go to Caffe Arco inside the station and take the escalators to the 4th floor you'll find it right in front of you.

You don't have to book an appointment so just show up and wait (if its your first time you'll need to register but they will all help you complete the form) Unlike in the UK where we'd be assigned one family doctor for all problems in Japan they go to different doctors according to the nature of the problem. This medical surgery is a rareity though as it deals with different issues under one roof. Oh and its sooo nice, like a 1st class departure lounge full of plasma, thick piled carpets and glamorous looking nurses donning matching dresses! Such a far cry from nothing like the heroin junkie one in Bedders, Brizzle.


According to my patient card (given when joining) this surgery can deal with the following issues;
  • Internal problems
  • Surgery
  • Checking bones
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Skin problems
  • Womens problems
  • Health checks - ears, nose, throat.
Yesterday I was in and out within half an hour with no appointment (have sinusitus). The doctor speaks English (and if they don't the young female assistants always seem to) The best way to describe your ailment is to write your problem into google and print out the kanji description. If you're not sure what is wrong you can just translate your symptoms into google and take along with you. Its a start!

Make sure you have medical insurance as my recent visit to get antibiotics cost me just short of ¥5000 (about £35) inclusive of the visit and the drugs.

Signing off....

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