Lately, I had a chance to see how public healthcare works in Malta. So far, I only used the private sector in St. James hospital but this time unfortunately, I had to visit Mater Dei hospital. I was taken to the emergency room where I waited…3 hours to be admitted…That was actually the worst part of this experience as after the initial short interview about my current state, nobody came to ask if I am feeling ok and for sure I wasn’t , otherwise I wouldn’t be there in the first place. Fortunately, after the long wait, I was admitted and I have to say I was quite impressed by the doctors there, who really tried to be as helpful as they could. I got all my necessary blood tests, some pain-killers to keep me going, 2 consultations with specialists as well as other scan planned for the next day. It was one of the longest nights in my life- I was back at home at 6am and planning to go back for an other exam around 9am.
To sum up, the whole thing was a long experience, in the end the doctors couldn’t really put their finger on what actually caused me to feel so bad, despite their numerous exams…But, I was thoroughly checked and it seemed I was fine, which is always a good news. I am not keen on coming back there, as the long night there was very tiring but I feel safe knowing , we have such a good hospital and caring doctors here on the island.