June 3, 2017

Platoo, Hua Hin… 4 of us fell ill with diarrhoea and vomiting

We’ve all been there, and none of us have enjoyed it. It starts with a shudder. A little ‘something is not right’-ness. And then, three minutes later you’re shaking and sweating, your body is revolting, literally and physically, and the cool ceramic surface of the toilet is your only friend.

Was it something in the air? Was it something in the food? Was it some unspeakable organism lurking evilly on a tabletop or skulking under a plate?

Whatever it was, it has caused 4 people in our group to report becoming violently sick with projectile vomiting and sudden diarrhea after eating at this Hua Hin restaurant.

Our group of 25 stopped at Platoo for lunch. We had ordered beforehand and by the time we arrived at the restaurant at 12.15pm, all the food was already laid out on the tables. It was no longer hot and there were some flies seen hovering around the table. By 7pm in the evening, four members of my party became seriously ill with food poisoning following the meal. They suffered “horrific” diarrhoea and vomiting throughout the night. The symptoms went away and the four recovered after receiving treatment at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok the next evening

Proving who is responsible may be difficult, but if more than one person is affected, you really have to think. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 28, 2017

Asiamedic Wellness Assessment Centre, Singapore….I was easily seduced by a bargain

Like many over-fifties – and many who are much younger – I endlessly and pointlessly worry about my health. I was intrigued, as any middle-aged hypochondriac would be. Had my misspent youth left irreparable damage?

For many, the aim of the assessment is to reveal any potential hidden health problems, so that they may be treated before an illness develops. Though I don’t smoke and I eat pretty well (aside from too many snacks). I am also quite unable to resist a bargain. So I was easily seduced by the offer from Asiamedic Wellness Assessment Centre.

Slightly spartan compared with some of the other clinics, this ‘holistic’ health screen included a consultation with a nutritionist as well as Prostrate Ultrasound, urea breath test and Treadmill ECG, tumor marker tests and ultrasound liver, and a consultation with the doctor. I was told to fast from 10pm the night before as I would be having blood tests. On arrival in the morning, I was given a packaging kit to provide stool samples for later analysis, slightly off-putting but no doubt vital. Then I was taken by a nurse into a pristine medical room where she tested my eyes, ears, blood, weight and height.  It was relaxing and non-threatening. For two hours I undergo a barrage of screenings.

I left each feeling reassured and empowered – and a bit smug. It was enough for a boy to want to go to the pub and order a celebratory bottle of Savignon Blanc or three. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…



January 18, 2015

Klinik & Surgeri Semabok Perdana, Melaka…..if clowns had a GP clinic, this is it.

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In old movies, bad doctors are easy to identify – they work out of seedy offices and have a furtive, unkempt look. In real life, it’s not so obvious, except here in Klinik & Surgeri Semabok Perdana. The doctor here was terrible… terrible and terrible.

What I learned in this process is valuable and should be known by all before you go. Find out the credentials of the person you see. Be prepared to NOT receive the same attention or care you would by your own physician. Be prepared for a wimpy assessment and erroneous information placed in your record! I should have trusted my instincts and gone with my gut reaction. If you don’t feel good about a physician, go somewhere else.

Here are the signs I can tell that the doctor here is a bad doctor……he had an indifferent and uncaring attitude. I know I was looking for medical care, not a new friend – so a sparkling personality probably isn’t a priority but the doctor here was cold and patronizing. He also lacked knowledge. He didn’t put a finger on me , no physical check up , nothing and he was kind of nervous. His appearance was awful. He looked dishevelled, abysmal, unkempt and dirty. His fingernails were long and dirty and that is a big no-no in the doctor grooming handbook.

The next day, I sought out a 2nd opinion because I don’t trust this guy.

THE WORST DOCTOR I’VE EVER MET OR SEEN IN MY WHOLE LIFE !!!!  Don’t say no one warned you. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


March 25, 2012

Cityhealth Clinic & Surgery, Singapore…Dr Karen has a good head, but also a heart and soul

Dr Karen Ho…my GP…..where should I start? A full-on rave review will be forthcoming.

She is knowledgeable, approachable and is able to nail what’s wrong so easily.

The clinic is very clean and organized, but the wait stories are true.  Every time I’ve visited there, I’ve had to wait 30 minutes (unless i get there before the 8.30am opening time).  

BUT… she really takes the time with her patients.  She’s never on the edge of her seat like she wants to hustle you away so she can bank on the next patient.  She doesn’t talk fast like answering your questions are trivial.  She just calmly sits there until you feel assured you have every question you have answered for this visit. She is super detailed and attentive. Excellent follow-up on test results.

Overall she’s a great doctor and can be trusted. She has a  good head, but also a heart and soul. You won’t go wrong if you see this woman. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

May 22, 2011

KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital, Johor Baru… lackadaisical counter staff but if I am in need of reasonable quality, value for money, non-life threatening medical services, I know I’ll be right back in here

Johor Specialist Hospital (JSH) is the first private hospital in Johor. I went there for my health screening which included a medical check up by consultant physician – in my case, it was Dr Abraham – inclusive of report, chest x-ray, treadmill stress test, blood screening profile, Urine FEME, Upper & Lower Abdominal Ultrasound. All these for RM560.00. I got them to include an echo-cardiogram for an additional RM280.00.

First impression was not too great. The doctor hasn’t arrived in the hospital yet, although it’s 20 minutes past the appointed time. So we went ahead with the other tests without even meeting the doctor.

The main draw back, however,  is the support staff (mainly the counter people) are just insensitive and disinterested. I had to wait 40mins just to get my blood drawn for the blood test. In any other hospitals, one of the first things they do is to draw the blood, thus allowing us to go eat something as we would have fasted overnight. I understand that they are hardened by watching patients sit around them all day waiting for their numbers to flash up on the board, but surely, a bit of empathy, politeness and sensitivity is not too much to ask for. I’m quite disappointed in how lackadaisical they were.  Still on the topic of counter staff, the staff doing my registration asked for private information and echoed my answers aloud as if announcing my ID number, date of birth and home address to all the other patients who were lounging around in the room. So much for confidentiality and privacy.

Dr Abraham, when I eventually met him after all the tests,  was pleasant and did a good job explaining my reports to me.

Alright , so I harbour a few resentments, but overall it is a nice clean place. A place I hate to go, but if I am in need of reasonable quality, value for money, non-life threatening medical services, I know I’ll be right back in here. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

May 2, 2011

Koo Cardiac Clinic, Singapore…this cardiologist is a genius (but you need heaps of patience)

Dr Koo Chee Choong is my cardiologist. I don’t have much wrong, just an elevated cholesterol problem that doesn’t seem to regress. Dr Koo is very thorough, brilliant, informative, personable, and spend as much time with you as you need. He takes the time to evaluate his patient and answer all my questions, which gave me a much clearer understanding of what the health condition of my heart really is. He never over does anything and he never does unnecessary tests or anything. To top it off, he has quick wit and a great personality.

In just a short time under his guidance, I have changed my diet, drinking habits, and medication choices. The results proved his expertise when my test results came back showing drops in my total cholesterol from 125 down to 57.  I know that the changes I have made would not have been possible without having come into contact with Dr. Koo. I understand that these changes must remain life long. I plan to continue a long relationship with Dr. Koo to keep me on track.

I must, however, warn you about the wait time to see this man. Benjamin Franklin certainly knew what he was talking about when he said “He that can have Patience, can have what he will.” At Koo Cardiac Clinic, only he that can have patience, can get to see Dr Koo. Most times, it takes as long as a football game for me to get to see him. Ecven when you email him your blood test results, take a deep breath, count to 10, and don’t kill the b***h!!! 10 days I meant. There were times when you might even be tempted to say Don’t test my patience. When I lose my patience, you will be a patient.

It is important to compare and review multiple doctors when looking for the provider who best fits your personal needs. When it comes to cardiac, I am set. I have Dr Koo. To say this man is a genius would be an understatement. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 Koo Cardiac Clinic is in Gleneagles Medical Centre

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