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Emergency rooms at hospitals?

How does it work here? Do all hospitals have them? Do you have to call ahead? Hubby and I are battling some food poisoning, but he is definitely much worse and cannot stop having "episodes" (will spare the gory details) so I am sure he is completely dehydrated and he needs to somehow get them to stop. Just don't know what the deal is and the receptionist at the hospital down the hill doesn't speak english so I have to call back there in an hour to talk to someone who does...that's a really long time right now though!
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Old 26.10.2011, 12:46
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

The Richterswil hospital is not a proper hospital - its a clinic specialising on Cancer treatment and births. They may or may not have a small emergency room - not sure.

The hospital responsible for the area with a fully equipped emergency service is the See-Spital in Horgen.

To call them directly is 044 728 11 11.

Normally for small emergencies, you would call your GP. If you don't have one, there is also a local emergency number which for Richterswil is 0900 888 533.
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

No, if it's an Emergency room then generally you don't need to call ahead. There is reception area where they check the Patients in once you arrive, in my experience most of them speak English, and will ask you to show your insurance card. Also most of the Doctor's speak English as well.

Hope your Husband feels better soon. Good luck.
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

I don't know if all hospitals have them, but since it's the middle of the week why don't you just drop in on your doctor? (Or you could go to the pharmacy and get them to give you something, but perhaps not for dehydration.) We only tend to use the emergency room if it's the weekend, blood is involved and our doctor isn't around. The doctors' secretaries here, at least all the ones I've met, seem to be trained nurses, so they would be able to tell you whether a trip to the hospital is required, or prescribe you something if it isn't.

When we have used the emergency room (out of doctor's working hours), we just turn up and explain the problem to the receptionist, who points us in the right direction.

Hope that helps and you both feel better soon!

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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

+1 Call the GP, unless you really are at death's door. Then go to a real ER/hospital.

GP can usually diagnose whether rehydration fluids and/or something like immodium & itinerol need to be prescribed. A prescription can be faxed to a local pharmacy and you can pick up directly. Sometimes this is much quicker than a hospital visit, and tbh if you have got gastric flu or temporary food poisoning (rather than something more serious), there's not much they can do for you that your GP can't and by going to a hospital all you will do is spread the infection. Again the proviso is that you haven't left it too late.

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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

Oh and no, you dont need to call ahead, you can just Rock up at the Emergency station in Horgen. It is behind the train station:

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You can thank me later, go to the doctor now And you're welcome...

I've was in a very similar situation not too long ago myself, so hence the quick reply. And I really should get a GP in the area too, don't have one yet.
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

As you are in an emergency, your own doctor will come and visit you. Drink plenty of liquids. Call him now, if he is closed there may be a recorded message for the number of an emergency doctor to call.
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

Is there a list of emergency rooms in Zurich somewhere? Not in any rush but just to reference in case something happens. I've seen that the university hospital has one - are there others in Zurich? My health insurance's website just seems to reference specific doctor's practices. Thanks!
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The normal procedure (unless your leg is hanging off) is to call your doctor and take it from there. Out of hours they normally have an emergency number to call but usually if it's a hospital job they will call the emergency room and sort out your passage in there.

If your leg is hanging off or you and your car are wrapped around a lamppost, someone will normally summon an ambulance on your behalf.
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The normal procedure (unless your leg is hanging off) is to call your doctor and take it from there. Out of hours they normally have an emergency number to call but usually if it's a hospital job they will call the emergency room and sort out your passage in there.

If your leg is hanging off or you and your car are wrapped around a lamppost, someone will normally summon an ambulance on your behalf.
Thanks - I guess I'm wondering what to do in those situations that are serious but not (immediately) life threatening. I don't yet have a doctor and since I'm pretty healthy'n'young and had a full medical physical recently, I can't say it's on the top of my list of things to do. But say, I had symptoms that indicated possible appendicitis... and it was a weekend? Or food poisoning to the point of dehydration (as above)? Or sudden chest pains? In the past when something like this has happened to me or my OH, we would jump on the bus to the nearest ER (or urgent care center) or have someone drive us rather than call up an ambulance for something like that.

For others wondering the same thing, I've found the following information:
Hospitals with emergency departments around Switzerland (in German): http://www.erstehilfe.ch/telefonverz...al-klinik.html

And around Zurich with websites in English:
University Hospital: http://www.en.usz.ch/system/pages/notfall.aspx
Treimli Spital: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/...ency_unit.html
Klinik Hirslanden: http://www.hirslanden.ch/global/en/h...ency_unit.html
Children's Hospital: http://www.kispi.uzh.ch/kontakt/index_en.html
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Re: Emergency rooms at hospitals?

I usually play it by ear. If it was a timely life threatening issue, I would obviously go straight to emerg (actually probably call an ambulance).
Not timely but life threatening (hmm, I think I might have cancer), I would just go to a normal dr.

So far in 2.5 years, I've made 2 trips to emerg, and both weren't at all life threatening, and probably could have gone without medical attention. But I wasn't totally sure about it, and believed if I went to emerg, it would get dealt with quickly, efficiently and properly. (Only one time actually ended up being quick and efficient and proper).
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