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Rotten Socks & Candied Apricots

“Red, white or rose” used to be enough to get us through the dilemma of wine color choices. Now fashion and industry have conspired to force a fourth option. Orange

Poetry Edition

Astral By Jodie Renée Frain You disappeared as quickly as you stepped inside You were always there we just never knew Until the day came for you to leave And

Fun & Findings in Fujian

Three cites, three days. Our resident travel expert Alix gives HERE! readers the lowdown on Fujian and why you should consider visiting our adjacent province. This month brings us to

Here Comes The Much Dreaded HSK…

Most of us know about the HSK, but how many of us have actually taken it or are aiming to in the future? Our language enthusiast speaks of her qualms

Aiming at Sports Mentality

There’s no athlete that doesn’t want to be a champion. Sports aficionado and sports bar manager Tak talks about how he merged sportsmanship into his business and everyday life with

英国的医院

独在异乡还不巧生病的感觉实在非常难受,在这种情况下,Helen深切地体会两国医疗体系的不同。 NHS(National Health Service)是英国的医疗保健服务。英国实行分级保健制度:一级称为基础保健,是NHS的主体,由家庭诊所和社区诊所构成,二级保健指医院,负责重病和手术治疗,以及统筹调配资源。 第一层次是以社区为主的基础医疗网(Community-based primary health care),通常是指社区诊所,它承担了大部分的医疗保健任务。英国居民会在社区诊所登记,每个居民都会有居所周围的社区诊所的一位全科医生为自己的家庭医生(general practitioner, GP),平时基本医疗需求一般就由这名医生负责。病人有不适的话可以首先找到自己的GP预约并进行诊治。这个系统非常科学。中国的病人们无论生大病小病都会选择去大医院,这样其实效率很低。而社区诊所的出现就可以解决这种患者盲目涌向大医院的现象。 如果遇到病情较为严重的病人,GP会把病人转到二级医疗服务处,也就是医院。这就是NHS的第二层次,医院服务(Hospital-based specialist services),主要负责处理一些重大的意外事故及急诊。 国际学生也是可以注册NHS的,我有时不舒服的时候就会去学校的诊所预约GP。在英国看病,最重要的就是提前预约医生。这与中国医院的挂号即可就医不同。 等待就诊在英国医院十分常见,这一等少则半小时,多则三四个小时。而我就等了快三个小时,才见到我的医生。 如果你觉得不舒服,可通过打电话或本人亲自去社区诊所进行预约,预约时需向工作人员说明病情。但是,很多时候预约名额相当紧张,有时候只能预约到几天后的时间。如果你只是生了类似感冒这种小病,可能几天后已经康复了。 一般来说,在社区诊所就诊的时候,医生会根据病情进行诊断和必要检查,开具处方,并告知你复诊的时间。如果医生认为病情严重需要转诊到大医院,病人可能会面临新一轮漫长的等待。 我上周身体非常不舒服,上吐下泻,强撑着去了学校诊所想开点药。但是我的GP看我的病情有点严重,就说要帮我转到市中心的医院里进行进一步的诊治,还要帮我叫救护车。我当时就求她,不用那么麻烦,给我开点药就好了。但是,我的GP真的非常负责,执意要把我送到大医院去。 当然,来到医院的病人也会有相应的就诊顺序。护士在给你量完血压和体温后,会根据你的病症程度进行分组,如果你属于轻度严重的话就会被往后排,当一直有重度病人被送来的时候,你可能就会被无限延后。等待就诊在英国医院十分常见,这一等少则半小时,多则三四个小时。而我就等了快三个小时,才见到我的医生。 漫长的等待过程简直就是折磨,其实回家吃点药休息一下可能会让我更舒服一点,但我就这么被送来了医院,硬是饿着肚子坐了三个小时冷板凳。我当时所有的东西都吐出来了,肚子空空的,饿的难受。身上没带钱就被直接送到医院,一个钢镚也掏不出来,手机也没电了。最后只好求助护士,和她说我真的很饿了,有没有什么食物?所幸的是,原来英国的医院是会提供食物和饮品的。大概又等了快40分钟,这位护士终于给我带了一份三明治和一杯热茶,那一刻我简直得到了救赎。 不过,除了等待时间比较长,在英国就医的好处是医生会将你的病例记录在电脑中。患者所有病历资料在每个医院都能通过网络随时查到。这样无论你什么时候再就医,或者看其他不同的科目,医生对你曾经的病例史了如指掌,从而避免了一些没有必要的测试或者检查。另外,英国的医院也非常重视病人隐私,给你量体温的时候都有床帘进行遮挡。 虽然英国的医院很好,但最好的情况还是健康无病不用去医院。所以大家在要平日好好保重身体,加强锻炼才能拥有健康的体魄哦! Read in English

Healthcare: China vs UK

It seems the UK has nailed it. From pre-booking, to privacy, to patient records, the sea turtle reveals her experience in UK hospitals and how they differ from those here

One Last Recap on Teaching

It has been two years since Warrick started writing this column, and just like everything does, it has run its course. Before we say goodbye, here are his last points

The Bread-Basket Of China

This month’s weekender takes us deep into the heart of the middle kingdom for an insight into a province with over three thousand years of recorded history. Literally meaning “south

English Fizz, Yes Please

It would have seemed laughable a decade ago, but England’s sparkling wines are now challenging champagne for quality, and commanding prices to match. In the summer of 2018, this column