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Urgent care clinic in Santiago?

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
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Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
After walking 2.5 weeks on the Camino Frances, my normal mild to moderate eczema has become severe in some areas, including increased swelling in one hand. I am currently in Villamaior and plan to take a taxi in the morning to Santiago to get medical help. Does anyone know of a urgent care type of clinic that I can go to without a prior appointment? Thank you so much in advance.
 
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You can also go here:
Hospital HM Rosaleda
+34 981 57 77 17

They are a private hospital, have an emergency room entrance down the side… less crowded than the public hospital. An emergency room visit with no insurance is usually less that €50 and they will write the prescription you need.

They should also have English speakers.. if that is an issue.
Good luck!
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
You can also go here:
Hospital HM Rosaleda
+34 981 57 77 17

They are a private hospital, have an emergency room entrance down the side… less crowded than the public hospital. An emergency room visit with no insurance is usually less that €50 and they will write the prescription you need.

They should also have English speakers.. if that is an issue.
Good luck!
Thanks so much, very helpful. Sounds ideal.
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
You can also go here:
Hospital HM Rosaleda
+34 981 57 77 17

They are a private hospital, have an emergency room entrance down the side… less crowded than the public hospital. An emergency room visit with no insurance is usually less that €50 and they will write the prescription you need.

They should also have English speakers.. if that is an issue.
Good luck!
I would recommend HM Rosaleda over the public hospital. I have been to both. At the private hospital you have the option of paying immediately with credit card, but the public hospital didn't have a way to accept payment at time of service (at least not in 2018). I had to wait to receive a bill from them after I returned home, and they would only accept payment via wire transfer from my bank, which added further expense.
It was also nice to have an English speaking liason person, rather than relying on my poor Spanish.
 

ivar

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ohh...yes, eczema is something that I struggle with as well. Just as you know, you can get a 1% cream at any pharmacy with no prescription. Stronger than that, I think you would need a prescription.
 
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lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
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Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Having suffered from eczema, I truly hope that you manage to get it under control. Isn't the forum great for help, when needed?
Thanks for your support. This forum is very valuable and I have always had the policy of making a donation for each Camino I have walked. This is my fifth Camino, and I actually tried to make a donation on my phone but it didn’t work so I will do it when I return home to Mexico.
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
I would recommend HM Rosaleda over the public hospital. I have been to both. At the private hospital you have the option of paying immediately with credit card, but the public hospital didn't have a way to accept payment at time of service (at least not in 2018). I had to wait to receive a bill from them after I returned home, and they would only accept payment via wire transfer from my bank, which added further expense.
It was also nice to have an English speaking liason person, rather than relying on my poor Spanish.
Thank you, I have a taxi scheduled for 9 AM in the morning to go direct to Hospital Rosaleda.
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Thanks Ivar, I have a good steroid cream with me but we are beyond that at this point. Based on prior experience, I will likely need prednisone if I am going to get through the next six weeks of three different Caminos I am walking with my brother. All the best to you.

ohh...yes, eczema is something that I struggle with as well. Just as you know, you can get a 1% cream at any pharmacy with no prescription. Stronger than that, I think you would need a prescription.
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
I thought I would let you all know about my experience at Hospital HM Rosaleda today. When I arrived, the receptionist explained that they cost to see a doctor would be €75, which was fine with me. But then somehow they decided to switch me to the International department and the representative said that it would cost a minimum of €250 to be treated in the emergency room. And that it could be more than that. That sounded pretty steep to me so I decided to try getting prednisone over-the-counter at a pharmacy. I was able to do that and since this is the medication that got me through my last serious eczema flare, I feel confident that it will do the trick. Thank you all again for your suggestions and help.
 

ivar

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I thought I would let you all know about my experience at Hospital HM Rosaleda today. When I arrived, the receptionist explained that they cost to see a doctor would be €75, which was fine with me. But then somehow they decided to switch me to the International department and the representative said that it would cost a minimum of €250 to be treated in the emergency room. And that it could be more than that. That sounded pretty steep to me so I decided to try getting prednisone over-the-counter at a pharmacy. I was able to do that and since this is the medication that got me through my last serious eczema flare, I feel confident that it will do the trick. Thank you all again for your suggestions and help.
Ohh.. yes that was a bit more than I thought. Good that it seems it sorted itself at least. :)
 
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trecile

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I thought I would let you all know about my experience at Hospital HM Rosaleda today. When I arrived, the receptionist explained that they cost to see a doctor would be €75, which was fine with me. But then somehow they decided to switch me to the International department and the representative said that it would cost a minimum of €250 to be treated in the emergency room. And that it could be more than that. That sounded pretty steep to me so I decided to try getting prednisone over-the-counter at a pharmacy. I was able to do that and since this is the medication that got me through my last serious eczema flare, I feel confident that it will do the trick. Thank you all again for your suggestions and help.
I'm glad that you found a low cost solution.
For me, the higher cost was fine because my insurance reimbursed me.
 

Iriebabel

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2022
I thought I would let you all know about my experience at Hospital HM Rosaleda today. When I arrived, the receptionist explained that they cost to see a doctor would be €75, which was fine with me. But then somehow they decided to switch me to the International department and the representative said that it would cost a minimum of €250 to be treated in the emergency room. And that it could be more than that. That sounded pretty steep to me so I decided to try getting prednisone over-the-counter at a pharmacy. I was able to do that and since this is the medication that got me through my last serious eczema flare, I feel confident that it will do the trick. Thank you all again for your suggestions and help.
As a side note if you do have to seek the emergency help hopefully you can file with your travel medical insurance and get some if not all this cost back . I usually get travel insurance which acts as primary payer and usually they will pay direct to the hospital /doctor …good luck hope you feel better
Buen Camino
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
The options for medical travel insurance for residents of Mexico over the age of 70, such as myself, are pretty poor. I always get MedJet insurance that will fly me back to a Mexico hospital for any reason if I am hospitalized but I pay for smaller items out of pocket.
 

Iriebabel

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Past OR future Camino
2022
The options for medical travel insurance for residents of Mexico over the age of 70, such as myself, are pretty poor. I always get MedJet insurance that will fly me back to a Mexico hospital for any reason if I am hospitalized but I pay for smaller items out of pocket.
Try to do a search on here I know recently @peregrina2000 did a recent thread for insurance on squaremouth.com And she found a good annual policy. If I find the thread i will add it here

 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Try to do a search on here I know recently @peregrina2000 did a recent thread for insurance on squaremouth.com And she found a good annual policy. If I find the thread i will add it here
Yes I am familiar with squaremouth but most of the policies they list require US residency which I don’t have. But thank you for the suggestion.
 
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Iriebabel

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Yes I am familiar with squaremouth but most of the policies they list require US residency which I don’t have. But thank you for the suggestion.
That’s a shame but if you read thru the thread you might get some other options. Some other members offered some good suggestions. Not sure if it applies to Mexican citizens but worth a try ..good luck hope you feel better
 
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After walking 2.5 weeks on the Camino Frances, my normal mild to moderate eczema has become severe in some areas, including increased swelling in one hand. I am currently in Villamaior and plan to take a taxi in the morning to Santiago to get medical help. Does anyone know of a urgent care type of clinic that I can go to without a prior appointment? Thank you so much in advance.
I just love this group! Immediate help. All the best as you get treatment.
 

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