State Hospital (Marmaris)

Since the recent holiday in Turkey, I have learned the hard way that it is a high risk country for rabies, up there with India or Afghanistan. My children were given the lecture about not touching animals whilst on holiday, but given the outcome of the lecture I now wonder if I should have taught them to be scared to death of all animals abroad, like I was as a kid. My extreme fear back in the day was partly due to watching an Information Film at school of some poor person in the last stage of rabies dying a horrible death; this horror backed up by all those X-ray skull posters they used to plaster on the stairwell walls and car decks of channel ferries in the 1970s.

Anyway, on Easter Sunday during the holiday, due to a combination of happenstance and bad luck (probability taken personally, remember) the youngest daughter was scratched by a street cat. A pretty sick looking street cat with quantities of drool hanging out of its mouth.

And so it was we visited this hospital on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday whilst away. Easter Sunday for the first rabies vaccine, the second day for reasons that are still unclear but involved a policeman carrying a gun telling us that we should return the following day. Then we went again on Tuesday because, according the UK Public Health Agency, we should be getting another rabies shot that day. It transpired that, in fact, the shot was not due until Wednesday (that is a Letter of Complaint waiting to be written).

Please note dear blog reader that I could now go into a lengthy, confusing and LOUD rap about all the shortcomings of how the UK handled this whole deal and how I have had to fight, whilst containing my ferocious temper, to get my daughter’s subsequent vaccines administered in the UK on a Sunday but I don’t think you need to know about the vagaries of days 0 and 1 in the schedule or indeed how I… Anyway, I am sparing you all that. For now.

So we became fairly closely acquainted with The State Hospital Marmaris. In Turkey there do not seem to be appointments. Everyone waits in the corridor. Then when they have had enough of that they get up and try the doors to the consulting and treatment rooms. If a door is found to be unlocked, everyone piles into the room waving their paperwork. Then everyone is shooed out again, apart from one lucky patient. It is all quite good humoured, mixed with a little resignation perhaps.

This was the tea tent. We tried to make a day of it.

Posted on May 20, 2011, in Architecture, Cats, Children, Travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Agreed, rabies awareness should be taught to all holidaymakers heading for turkey and what to expect following a suspect incident. My daughter on her first holiday abroad without Mum & Dad was unfortunate enough to get bitten from a stray and presumably wild cat. She had no knowledge of how to treat the wound which had drawn blood and received no sound advice or first aid from the restaurant owner where she received the bite nor from the hotel at which she was staying.

    She texted home the incident and working together we got her to Marmaris State Hospital. Here she received only part of the required treatment, and no proper information on what had been administered until she returned under parental guidance.

    Returning now to the UK earlier than anticipated to receive the correct vaccines and follow on treatment.

    • Wishing your daughter well John. I feel like I am now an expert on post-exposure rabies treatments now because we had to learn the hard way. My daughter has now finished her course of injections, but we had terrible trouble in the UK too, because the days her jabs were due were on Sundays and my GPs were not available. Despite my GP practice making alternative arrangements we had two practitioners refusing to give her the injection, very stressful. The UK HPA send out the vaccines to the GP but I ended up having two of them in my fridge for the weekend jabs, and sadly no-one thought to print up a label for them with the patient’s name, d.o.b. etc. I have a letter to compose about this too – its stressful enough as it is – but the procedure could do with some refinement too.

      My daughter is fine, the vaccination regime is 100% effective; again best wishes to your daughter it must have been a very worrying time for you all.

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