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  • Smith7
    started a topic EHIC renewal

    EHIC renewal

    I have just had an email reminding me that my EHIIC card has expired. I can renew it if I want to but was warned that should we leave the EU without a deal, it would probably not be valid.

    Now although I have been covered by the EHIC arrangement for years, thankfully I have never had to use it.

    In any case, I have a permanent travel insurance policy with my bank, so do I really need a EHIC card?

    Have you ever used yours and will you be renewing it any time soon?

  • jc, liverpool
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    Originally posted by andyn, Bucks View Post

    Doesn't the over use of antibiotics create resistant bacteria. How is it controlled if bought over the counter?
    Hi Andy
    You could be right,,,but I would have got the Amoxicillin one way or another,,,the doctor or the chemist.
    Maybe the chemist has to report any they dispense.


    Btw,the chemist asked plenty of questions before handing over the medication,,of course the answers (health history etc) was down to the honesty of the patient.

    I remember a member (Maggiemou) who used to live in Cyptus saying she used to buy boxes of them before she boarded a Worldie.
    JC

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by andyn, Bucks View Post

    Doesn't the over use of antibiotics create resistant bacteria. How is it controlled if bought over the counter?
    Yes, I agree but pharmacists can advise if for instance you had tonsillitis. I can't remember the last time I was prescribed antibiotics and avoid them if I can.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by andyn, Bucks View Post

    Doesn't the over use of antibiotics create resistant bacteria. How is it controlled if bought over the counter?
    Must admit, that was my thought too.

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  • andyn, Bucks
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    Originally posted by Smith7 View Post

    I've bought antibiotics over the counter in Spain. I found the pharmacist very helpful when I told him what I needed. Shame we can't do that here in the UK. It would save GPs a lot of time and free up appointments for those that really need them.
    Doesn't the over use of antibiotics create resistant bacteria. How is it controlled if bought over the counter?

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post

    I am sure you are right but if you or your companion are ill, calling a number in the UK for a foreign hospital will be the last thing on your mind.

    Take copies of your card for every bag, rucksack, jacket, pocket, purse, wallet etc. to be on the “belt and braces” safe side.
    Hi John
    Usually,in Spanish hospitals from experience,,they have a English speaker who will do the phoning for you.

    I believe the larger UK hospitals have interpreters to do the same thing.
    JC


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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
    Hi all
    Don't know if the rules have changed for Farmacia in Europe.
    My daughter got married 8 years ago on the island of Kos.
    There was 72 wedding guests staying in the hotel,,,about half of us contacted a chest infection.

    A doctor visited the hotel every day,,,,,and people queued up for consultation,,,,,,,result £80 for the consultation and £20 for a box of Amoxil.

    Sod that,i went to the local chemist and they gave me a box over the counter for 5euro.,,,,no EHIC card needed.
    It used to be the same in Spain.
    JC
    I've bought antibiotics over the counter in Spain. I found the pharmacist very helpful when I told him what I needed. Shame we can't do that here in the UK. It would save GPs a lot of time and free up appointments for those that really need them.

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Hi all
    Don't know if the rules have changed for Farmacia in Europe.
    My daughter got married 8 years ago on the island of Kos.
    There was 72 wedding guests staying in the hotel,,,about half of us contacted a chest infection.

    A doctor visited the hotel every day,,,,,and people queued up for consultation,,,,,,,result £80 for the consultation and £20 for a box of Amoxil.

    Sod that,i went to the local chemist and they gave me a box over the counter for 5euro.,,,,no EHIC card needed.
    It used to be the same in Spain.
    JC

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  • Smith7
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    I must say that I am impressed with the speed of my EHIC card renewal, which arrived today.

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  • ROSEBASKETS, Yorkshire
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    Originally posted by cornish girl, falmouth View Post
    I always renew my EHIC card it belongs with my insurance, although be careful I scratched my eye very badly in Corfu,and had to find an eye doctor, when I pulled out the card he refused it and said he was private it cost me just over 100 euros, he also smoked the whole time I was there !! very rude man, however he did the job.CG
    My son was admitted a few years ago to Corfu public hospital, he was under 5 at the time as no private health professional would touch him. The doctors and nurses smoked on the wards, one nurse inserted a needle for a drip with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Absolutely disgusting, though they did everything for free once they had his E111.

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  • Lottie A, UK
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    Just renewed my EHIC card online last week. Very impressed that it only took three days to arrive. Maybe people aren’t bothering to renew them? My travel insurance company stated I MUST have one.

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    I always renew my EHIC card it belongs with my insurance, although be careful I scratched my eye very badly in Corfu,and had to find an eye doctor, when I pulled out the card he refused it and said he was private it cost me just over 100 euros, he also smoked the whole time I was there !! very rude man, however he did the job.CG

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  • Guy, Ormskirk
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    I renewed ours recently and until told otherwise will continue to do so. The first thing my insurance company asked when I made that huge claim was did I have an EHIC with me...Carol

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post

    I am sure you are right but if you or your companion are ill, calling a number in the UK for a foreign hospital will be the last thing on your mind.

    Take copies of your card for every bag, rucksack, jacket, pocket, purse, wallet etc. to be on the “belt and braces” safe side.
    I take it one stage further - alongside my EHIC card I have a laminated card detailing my Insurance and CC Emergency numbers. That said when I required hospital treatment in Spain, once they saw my British passport, they asked for nothing.

    Possibly OTT??

    Annie

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Originally posted by toshtosh, Guiseley View Post
    If you find you need assistance but haven't your EHIC to hand they have a telephone hotline and will approve any applicable treatment with the hospital.

    https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-que...t-gets-stolen/

    Cheers

    Tony B
    I am sure you are right but if you or your companion are ill, calling a number in the UK for a foreign hospital will be the last thing on your mind.

    Take copies of your card for every bag, rucksack, jacket, pocket, purse, wallet etc. to be on the “belt and braces” safe side.

    Leave a comment:


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