Medical Treatment

A tip on Bali Belly PREVENTION….

Many of us have succumbed to the dreaded Bali Belly at some stage.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it’s existence.

We have all followed the rules:

  • Do not drink tap water
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use antiseptic hand wipes
  • Eat from reputable restaurants only
  • Avoid food and beverages from street vendors
  • Do not use ice made from tap water
  • Consume fully cooked food that is still hot, or fruit/vegetables you have peeled yourself

Regardless of these precautions, on occasion, I have still succumbed.

In recent years however, and following Bali Belly after dining at two well attended and highly regarded restaurants on Bali, I regularly take “Travelan” and have become a firm convert.

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(I have no connection to this product, by the way, and my post is NOT sponsored).

I take just one tablet prior to each meal and have never suffered with any tummy upset since.  Of course this could just be coincidence, but I’m not stopping now…

Further advice here:  http://www.travelan.com.au/

Do you have a “tried and true” method of warding off the dreaded Bali belly?

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Note:  If you need medical assistance, BIMC can be contacted on their 24 Hours Emergency Line

Kuta  (+62 361) 761 263

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Over the counter MEDICATIONS…

Exclusively Bali – Handy Hint:

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Be aware that over the counter medications in Bali may appear similar to those you are familiar with, but may in fact significantly differ.

Panadol, for example, comes in various coloured packaging denoting differing ingredients. Ingredients include pseudo-ephedrine for “cold and flu” and caffeine as “Panadol Extra”.

Reminder:  Read the packaging carefully and be aware of what you are purchasing!

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In need of a Doctor or Apotik in Seminyak?

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Med Mart & Pharmacy, on Jl Raya Seminyak is located just to the left hand side of Bintang Supermarket (at No 17) and directly next to a Silver shop.  A wide selection of medicinal needs are available here at a fraction of the cost of Australian prices.  Note:  If you’re unfortunate enough to be sleeping with a “snorer”, this Apotik DOES sell ear plugs!

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A Medical Clinic is conveniently situated at the rear of this Pharmacy.  Here you are able to wait to be seen by a Medical Practitioner.

NOTE:

There are numerous Apotiks in the tourist regions of Bali.  Personally, I always find them easy to locate if they’re near a “landmark” as this one is, near Bintang Supermarket.

If in Kuta, head to Matahari in Kuta Square for a reliable Apotik situated on the ground floor, opposite the Supermarket.

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Schoolies in Bali…

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In the lead up to ‘schoolies’ or ‘leavers’ events it may be a good idea to talk to your  child and discuss some of the tips below for staying safe and having a good time in Bali during their celebrations.

DO NOT get a henna tattoo  (many are allergic with life changing results)

Do NOT accept drugs.  Drugs are illegal (you may end up with a death penalty)

Do NOT ride a motor bike without a helmet, motorbike licence, without travel insurance or while intoxicated

Do NOT get a tattoo – unless you want it FOREVER

Do NOT risk unprotected sex.  Use condoms!  (Sexually transmitted diseases – including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis are more common than you realise. HIV is FOREVER!)

DO NOT go to money changers down lane-ways, in the back of shops or offering better exchange rates than most other places (it is likely they will try to rip you off)

DO NOT go crazy on cheap cocktails  (they WILL contain arak)

DO NOT leave your drink unattended (they could be spiked)

DO NOT take your eyes off where you are walking (paths are uneven)

DO NOT promise to come back to buy if you don’t mean it (you will not be forgotten)

DO NOT forget to apply mozzie repellent (Dengue fever is rife)

Do NOT forget to use sunscreen

DO NOT take the offered scratchy tickets (this is timeshare)

Do NOT leave anyone out on their own (they will be more vulnerable)

Further handy hints:

  • Nominate a sober person in your group to get you home
  • Take an unlocked phone & install an inexpensive Bali sim card – then install emergency numbers.
  • If you MUST get a tattoo, check that the tattoo parlor is using clean, new needles otherwise you risk Hepatitis or HIV
  • Take out travel insurance
  • Always stay in pairs
  • Stick to Bluebird taxis as they have a better reputation
  • Be respectful of the Balinese and fellow tourists
  • Keep hydrated (drinks lots of bottled water)
  • Email to yourself, or other, a copy of your passport, insurance and other travel documents

Some emergency contact numbers:

  1. The Police 110
  2. Ambulance- 118
  3. Bali International Medical Centre Hospital,  Ngurah Rai Bypass open 24 hrs +62 361 761263
  4. Kuta Tourist Police Post, Jalan Pantai Kuta, (0361) 7845988
  5. Sanur Tourist Police Post : BK3S Post, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, (next to Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur), (0361) 8531960
  6. Nusa Dua Tourist Police Post : Bundaran Tugu Mandala Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua, (0361) 7442622
  7. Ngurah Rai Airport Tourist Police : Airport Police Sector Ngurah Rai, (0361) 751 023
  8. Tourist Assistance Centre : Bali Regional Police, (0361) 224111
  9. The Australian Consulate , Jalan Tantular 32
    Renon, Denpasar , Telephone: +62 361 241 118

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10. Some very handy medical services information put together by the AU Consulate Bali:

http://www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au/blli/medical.html

Safe Travels!!

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Bali welcomes five star health care….

BIMC (Bali International Medical Centre)

Whether it’s a tooth ache or Bali belly, a surfing accident or a medical emergency requiring evacuation, BIMC offers high quality international standards of healthcare & emergency services for tourists and residents.

If you are wanting botox, breast augmentation, crowns or bridges, you’ll be pleased to know that cosmetic surgery is available at BIMC also.

BIMC includes a 24hr Accident & Emergency Centre, Medical Centre, CosMedic Centre, Dental Centre and Dialysis Centre.

Keep these addresses handy:

BIMC Hospitals
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 100X
Kuta 80361
Tel: (+62-361) 761 263 – Fax: (+62-361) 764 345

Kawasan BTDC Blok D
Nusa Dua 80363
Tel: (+62-361) 3000 911
E-mail: info@bimcbali.com
http://www.bimcbali.com/