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Minnietheminx 30th August 2013 08:36 PM

Need advice about a Mammogram at the Costa Del Sol Hospital, Marbella, Málaga please
 
Hello all - I'm a new member here,

I wonder if anyone could give me some advice please?

I have an appointment for a mammogram at the Costa Del Sol hospital in Marbella, Málaga, next week.

Before I go, I'd like to try and find out from someone who has been there before for the same thing, what the procedure is.

When I say procedure, I don't mean the actual mammogram, I mean what I should do when I arrive at the hospital?

Is the unit where the mammograms are done in a separate building, or part of the main hospital, and after it's been done, will I have to wait for the results, or will they be sent on to my doctor?

I know that for an x-ray, you have to wait, and they are given to you, but I'm not sure if it's the same with a mammogram.

I understand that this may seem like a strange question to ask, but I have never been to a hospital in Spain before, and have no idea what to expect.

I'd be really grateful for any information.

Thanks in advance.

Min

VFR 30th August 2013 09:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Minnietheminx (Post 1548721)
Hello all - I'm a new member here,

I wonder if anyone could give me some advice please?

I have an appointment for a mammogram at the Costa Del Sol hospital in Marbella, Málaga, next week.

Before I go, I'd like to try and find out from someone who has been there before for the same thing, what the procedure is.

When I say procedure, I don't mean the actual mammogram, I mean what I should do when I arrive at the hospital?

Is the unit where the mammograms are done in a separate building, or part of the main hospital, and after it's been done, will I have to wait for the results, or will they be sent on to my doctor?

I know that for an x-ray, you have to wait, and they are given to you, but I'm not sure if it's the same with a mammogram.

I understand that this may seem like a strange question to ask, but I have never been to a hospital in Spain before, and have no idea what to expect.

I'd be really grateful for any information.

Thanks in advance.

Min

Hi Min.
Go to the info desk & ask where its located.
If its like where my wife goes they will tell you before you leave if its all clear.
They will be very sympathetic so if in doubt just ask. ;)

passiflora 30th August 2013 09:18 PM

Remember to take all relevant paperwork with you. Health card if you have one, appointment note, Identity card. Where I am, in Murcia, they ask you to wait after the mammogram and then if it's turned out OK they just call out your name and tell you that you can marchar or go! A few weeks later a letter comes in the post with the good news! Hopefully it will be the same for you.

fergie 30th August 2013 10:02 PM

At what age(from / to) do they do mammograms here in Spain in the Alicante/Valencia region?, and do they automatically send you an appointment, once registered with a GP? , or do you have to ask your GP to send you for one ?Thanks

passiflora 31st August 2013 06:32 AM

Mine started late 50's I think and I was originally sent by my GP here and then once in the mammogram system I was sent an appointment every 2 years.

snikpoh 31st August 2013 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by passiflora (Post 1550802)
Mine started late 50's I think and I was originally sent by my GP here and then once in the mammogram system I was sent an appointment every 2 years.

Here it's early 50's.

They sent the first appointment to our address in the campo so we didn't get it until a week after the appointment. My wife waited for the next round of tests and was included in that.

Lot of waiting around but the test was quick and the results even quicker - great service.

mrypg9 31st August 2013 08:21 AM

I can't speak too highly of the CdS Hospital. I've had several appointments there for MRI scans amongst other things.
It's a bit of a maze until you get used to it but the staff are so helpful and friendly you'll get to where you have to be.
All I've taken is the paper you get referring you although I've also been given appointments over the phone.
I've never been asked for my card but I take it just in case.
The cafeteria is excellent....good food and drink at very reasonable prices.
In fact, the whole ambience of the CdS Hospital is so pleasing to me that I'm considering asking for surgery there as the other option I was given, loads of pills, is making me feel very unwell at times.
Not often these days you hear of people preferring to go into hospital......

stevelin 31st August 2013 12:15 PM

Ive just had one in the mobile unit which came to our village Im mid 50ies first one in Spain they seem to come every couple of years to the village . I received a phone call asking why I had not attended my appointment 1 hr earlier said I hadnt received a letter arranged another appointment for the next day. In and out with 15 minutes excellent service

Minnietheminx 1st September 2013 08:46 AM

Thank you all your advice and information - you've been very helpful :-)

mrypg9 1st September 2013 02:22 PM

Speaking of the CdS Hospital..;) I had to be taken in very late last night -Saturday - as an emergency, turned out nothing that worth bothering about.
Total time spent in hospital was roughly three and a half hours. During that time, some of which was spent in a quiet, comfortable waiting area, I saw five doctors -the first at Triage, the other four with the same doctor, I should explain, and had various tests including an ECG and an XRay.
My son, who picked me up, was amazed at how little time I was there before being told I could go home as his experiences in A and E Departments in the UK with sons with sports injuries have involved consideraly longer periods in the hospital in less pleasant conditions.
The only advice I would give is take someone with you. I refused OH's company as I was carted off in the ambulance thinking I would be there for hours and hours. I was in a wheelchair and when my name was called for the doctor or nurse it was just as well I could walk perfectly well as no-one came to push me. That was true of all the lone wheelchair-bound patients who were pushed by other patients!
I had time to make a couple of observations, one I've made before on this Forum which is that everyone who works in the Andalucian health service is young and drop dead gorgeous, both sexes. I think it must be a requirement for the job, as is exuding human warmth and compassion.
The second observation is the lack of tension ...you get the feeling you are in a very safe, controlled environment and in the care of people who view you as an individual and not a 'case'.
I can't compare with the NHS as I've never had anything much wrong with me in all my life.
One thing, though.....the importance of speaking Spanish reasonably well was brought home to me. Most of the staff had some English but as some of them were working thirty-hour shifts it seemed a bit much to expect them to make the mental effort of speaking it so I used Spanish and trusted to their skill that any linguistic mistakes I made wouldn't result in something being amputated....
I am 100% intact and reasonably compus mentis after little sleep.
Viva el Servicio Andaluz de Salud...y gracias..:)


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