New to Ireland?
If you are new to Ireland, having a medical emergency can be scary. When it comes to living so far from home, trying to make a life outside your comfort zone can be tricky and difficult. The medical industry is something that keeps going 24/7 and emergencies will never give you a warning before coming. Being new to Ireland, we would like to share this with people coming here about how they can be more mentally prepared in case of any medical emergency.
Ireland’s Medical System
Ireland has embraced technological advancements, from the introduction of medical imaging and diagnostic equipment to cutting-edge surgical techniques. The country’s medical facilities continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of patients, but still looking at the waiting time, especially when it comes to emergency wards, is a question for which everyone here is looking for an answer.
Preparing For A Medical Emergency In Ireland
Before heading to Ireland or in the event of a medical emergency, it’s helpful to be familiar with certain terms related to medical care. These terms will aid in effective communication with healthcare providers and ensure you understand the situation. Here’s a list of key terms to know:
Make sure you always have someone with you to help you fill out the details in the form you will be given; if not, there is always hospital staff to assist you with the same. Keep your allergy medicines/ notes (provided by the hospital to fill out) ready to hand out before starting the treatment.
Keep all your medical information and address with an EIR Code handy before calling for an ambulance. They have a list of questions you need to answer and only then it will be booked for you. There is no time guarantee for an ambulance. You need to be calm and patient to handle the situation.
Also known as GP in Ireland. Getting yourself registered with a GP is an important thing to do to be prepared for a medical emergency, so that they have quick access to your medical history.
Medical emergencies in ireland
In times of medical emergencies, we all lose our control and are angry most of the time. We end up raging our anger on the hospital staff instead of understanding their situation, as even they need to go by the rules and follow each and every step. We need to understand that roles vary from nurse to doctor, due to which we need to cooperate with them as much as we can. The waiting time during an emergency ward, especially when you are injured, can be pretty rough, but one can easily go through this if they have a little bit of patience and are ready to face the problems mentally more than physically.
Almost everyone has experienced the emergency ward here in Ireland , and you can read about it through various reviews of each and every hospital. Just Google Ireland medical emergencies, and you will get a list of hospitals along with their 1 star ratings and reviews.
Most of it is all about the anger at waiting such a long time, even after entering the emergency ward, and the rest is about the various experiences that people had while they were waiting. But that doesn’t mean that people are not doing their jobs; it just takes a longer time due to the procedure that needs to be followed and lack of staff but the job is done and that too without any complaints from their side.
Being prepared for a medical emergency is important no matter where you are, including Ireland or any other location.
We need to understand the other side as well, so here’s what we got after talking to some of the medical staff to get a few tips and be prepared well in advance. As per the standard nurse, here are a few things that you need to keep in your house inside the first aid box:
Pain killers, crepe bandage, cotton, spray, wound ointment, scissors, white bandage, alcohol swab (to clean wounds outside border), NACL sodium chloride (to clean wounds) & torch.
prevention is better than cure
In the heart of Ireland’s charming streets and lively atmosphere, preparedness takes center stage when it comes to your well-being. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the importance of being ready for a medical emergency cannot be overstated. By educating yourself, assembling a well-stocked first aid kit, knowing your resources, and staying informed, you can confidently navigate any crisis that comes your way. Remember, preparedness isn’t about expecting the worst; it’s about empowering yourself to respond effectively and ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and those around you.