Dental Treatments Mobile Phone in the UK

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  • 1. Sylvanna  |  July 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    If you did Biology, you would know that antibiotics is not good for you. It’s apt for British doctors to not prescribe antibiotics for their patients.

    Antibiotics kills viruses, but the virus will learn how to counter the antibiotic especially if you do not finish the antibiotics prescribed. In that case, the next time you are sick, you would need a stronger medicine to fight the viruses within.

    One thing is that consultation is expensive in UK, so just bring the usual Panadol is good enough. (:

    I think you should specify the type of bank, telco company, so that people have an inkling of what to look at when they go to UK.


  • 2. uksurvival  |  July 21, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Sylvanna, thanks for your feedback. Yeap, I agreed with you it’s not good to have antibiotics. I shouldn’t advice my reader in the first place. Guess what? my doc told me to drink more water and take apples -no medicine given at all. 🙂

    If you’re registered with the GP, consultation should be FREE and we only need to pay £7.20 for the prescription. But I like your idea to stock up more panadol as getting appointment to see the doc can be nightmare sometime 🙂


  • 3. acidulous  |  July 23, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Dear Sylvanna,
    Doctor in UK rarely prescribe antibiotic for common cold because most of it are due to viral infection. Antibiotic will be prescribe if the doctor think there is some element of bacterial infections. Viral infection usually resolve on its own in 1 to 2 weeks time the most. And doctor don’t really dish out antiviral medication for common cold.
    Consultation in UK is not expansive. It is free if you are staying in this country for more than 6 months. Even then some don’t really check into how long you stay in the country to treat you. I do have to agree that getting an appointment to see a doctor in general practise is troublesome but the plus side is that it is free. You do have to pay for the prescription though unless you can get some form of exemption. I would suggest that you get yourself register at one of the clinic (we called the clinic in UK as surgery though I find it funny since there hardly any ‘real’ surgery happening in the clinic) earlier on.


  • 4. thedarkhorse  |  July 25, 2010 at 7:30 am

    @acidulous and Slyvanna
    exactly, it is wise to register at a clinic/surgery upon arrival. However for my case the uni had NHS counters in the same hall as the registration for new international students so this makes the process much easier.

    …and your best friend for common coughs/cold flu etc etc…. should not be the clinic/surgery at first, but….. your local drugstore/pharmacy eg: Boots. This is because as mentioned it can be 1. hassle to arrange for consultation (have to pre-book sometimes) 2. non-severe cold/flu/headache etc… can be cured by off the shelf medicine eg: panadol

    for things not to bring:
    1. too many winter clothes (need to budget for spring/summer as well)
    2. Excessive rations of Milo, Horlicks, home stuff etc… Most of the stuff can be bought in Chinatown, so only bring what you need and don’t overburden yourself.

    As for things to be brought, think practical. The following things are some good ideas :
    1. Phone with no sim-card. You can buy cheap sim-card over there, and this is for emergency usage etc…
    2. Some snack bars/ health bars to last the first few hours upon landing, since you need time to settle down and buy cooking utensils etc…
    3. Stationery. Its cheaper in Malaysia compared to in the UK. However don’t overburden your luggage.
    4. A good alarm clock/clockradio/planner for your wake up calls and reliable (battery) charger.


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