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Basically, any visit to the doctor incurs a charge.
A few years ago on P&O Oceania, my wife fell and injured her ankle two days before the cruise.
This necessitated visits to the doctor during the cruise. The final bill came to £750.00.
Luckily, we had good insurance.
Make sure you have good insurance before you leave. Read the small print. Get the best you can, not the cheapest. It is worth paying for as we found out.
It could have ruined our holiday. We claimed and got a full refund.
Make sure you get all paperwork etc from the doctor as proof.
To get an exact answer to your question I would suggest that you ring P & O, they have a Medical Section there, and ask them on 023 8065 5000. I would also ask them to conform their answer so that should you need to quote it on the ship you have it to hand. ... Neil.
You pay for everything. The nurse, dressings, ointments, tablets etc. Medical attention is not free. You are not obliged to see a doctor if it is a change of dressing. Advise the company before you go of your needs as per the advice from neil and ida below.
You are charged to see the doctor. Depending on when you see the doctor depends on the charge. We were charged £60 to see the doctor in the afternoon (outwith hours) on ocean village. My daugher hurt her eye on the lid of the kids ocean village drink bottles. You are then charged for everything so if you need a dressing changed and the wound needs cleaned you will be charged for swabs, saline etc. The prices over the top as i am a nurse and have checked the prices of what was used on my daughter when we returned. so if you can avoid it i would.
Oh yes! Never had to take this course of action personally but I have seen raelly exhorbitant charges for bandages on cruise ships. Take your own plasters and bandages; not too much weight in them.
What type of dressing is it? if it is something small and you are attending the treatment room at your gp's practice ask the nurse to supply dressings. if it is something like a leg ulcer with compression bandages you would either have to phone the cruise company to find out if the nurse on board can apply this type of bandages (as a lot of nurses cannot), or ask your treatment room nurse if you could wear compression stockings or change to a smaller type of dressing for the duration of the cruise. if you have to have a dressing changed regular by the ships nurse it will be very expensive however you can claim it on your insurance when you return home.
I have just come of the celebrity summit I tripped when I was in Pisa and had to have my wrist X rayed when I got back onboard the shipe I saw a Doctor had two X rays taken and then was told that I had badly bruised my wrists they gave me a split and sling plus medication for the pain enough to last me four days and when I asked for the bill for my Insurance company they said it was complimentary as it happened while on holiday so it looks like we should go on American ships and not British.