I would like to thank Karen Thompson for all her efforts in bringing this claim to a close.
"Elephant doctor" to the rescue, at least until the air ambulance arrives...
Tue 31st May 2011 Claims abroad
I was interested to read of the case of Dr Pomeroy, reported in the Bristol News this week: http://bit.ly/lovORH Her plight highlights a number of pertinent issues when travelling to countries where infrastructure and local standards of medicine are, at best, questionable and a far cry from those we are accustomed to under the NHS.
Dr Pomeroy had to travel through crocodile infested waters to get treatment for her broken ankle, after the local Elephant Doctor initially sought to work his magic. No doubt his special touch helped avoid a more serious injury, possibly even amputation for Dr Pomeroy. But her case highlights the importance of good, comprehensive travel insurance wherever you are travelling in the world. In her case, there was great concern that she should be repatriated for further treatment and surgery. This would not have been possible without effective travel insurance to help with the logistics and also pick up the bill. If travellers are left stranded without any means of getting home and forced to receive emergency treatment abroad then there may be very little means of redress if things go wrong. Put simply, standards differ significantly across the world, especially in a country like Nepal. What may be common medical practice there could be practically outlawed in the UK. And when in Nepal, standards are measured against those which are acceptable locally, not those we may like to impose from our experiences back home. Chris Deacon - Solicitor, Claims Abroad
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