Going to see a specialist at a hospital in France involves a carefully choreographed dance to the tune of computer printouts and the rustling of paperwork. In part two of our ‘Going to Hospital’ series, we look at the pleasures of filling in forms!
You either return to the admissions front desk (often different to the one you were at before) or the surgeon’s secretary hands over the half a tree that will take you on the next part of your journey. At this point you will be given a stack of forms.
There may be a form to request a private room (chambre individuelle which is not always available but they will try to allocate one for you if you have requested it. These are always at an extra charge.)
BUT – each hospital is different so don’t panic if you don’t have all of these.
In between the visit to the surgeon and the operation you will have your appointment with the anaesthetist. Take the same paperwork as before, plus the forms you have filled in for your prescription, the form for the anaesthetist, and your blood test results.
At the hospital take a ticket and, once signed it at the front desk, go to the anaesthetist outpatients area. Get your bar code print out and hand it to the anaesthetists’ secretary along with your completed personal information form.
You will probably then have your blood pressure taken before you see the anaesthetist. In as many ops as I have had I have not yet come across an anaesthetist who did not speak some English, so listen carefully, answer questions, ask questions.
Once you have been given the okay for the op, the secretary will confirm the details with you and you will be free to go home and relax!
I have not yet come across an anaesthetist who did not speak some English, so listen carefully, answer questions, ask questions.