I get asked a lot of weird questions. After writing a blog about a nasty food allergy I developed after trying out a new meal at a popular international chicken takeaway franchise, feedback made me aware that people who love to travel are sometimes concerned about their health and wellbeing. 

This blog attracts readers from several continents and more than 50 countries and after my health-related post, I got questions from local South Africans and people living abroad interested in South African tourism.

There were also a lot of questions regarding the state of South African hospitals. To my surprise, most questions were related to the state of private hospitals (as opposed to the public hospitals). Based on my personal experience - depending on how critical you are - you can easily be told that your waiting period will be nearly 120 minutes (even at a private hospital). Make no mistake, critical patients/matters are speedily attended to in both private and public hospitals. 

Sometime this year (2017) I went to Medicross Constantia Park Private Hospital in Garsfontein, Pretoria to extract teeth during a dental operation in their day theatre. Most of the extractions were molars. The staff at the Medicross Constantia Park Dental Centre was friendly.

I was booked for the day surgery on a Friday. I am pleased to say that there were no waiting lines as the pre-approval and a lot of the admin is taken care off in advance. 

The perks of a day surgery theatre are that it is convenient and fast, but the top disadvantage is that you are sort of under pressure to recover quickly and get out. I was in a ward full of small children and decorated with a couple of "cartoon nursery wall artefacts" (similar available on Amazon). That felt a bit weird because at other hospitals adults and children are separated.

Males and females were also mixed together. It was the dental centre and curtains were drawn when there was a need for privacy, so that helped to ease the awkwardness. I woke up bleeding profusely (as was expected) and I felt under the weather, but had to quickly pull myself together as this is a day theatre and ward.

I was not allowed to drive myself home and after the disorientation, bleeding mouth and "drugged feeling", I could fully understand why this is so. There were some minor glitches with the procedure and I also ended up paying a couple of thousands more than anticipated to the dentist and hospital (in spite of having medical aid), but I am grateful all went well.

The great service from my dentist (who has his own private practice elsewhere in Pretoria) and nurses towards me as a patient, as well as their willingness to help, really made all the difference. My dentist was caring and helped me out and for that I am grateful. 

The aftercare included visiting my dentist regularly to check that I was healing well, as well as to take care of my teeth. I personally use Dermadine Oral Antiseptic mouthwash, an Oral-B Vitality rechargeable electric toothbrush (available on Amazon) and Oral-B dental floss (available on Amazon). A spiky massage ball (available on Amazon) can also help to relax your body while recovering. 

All in all, the experience was worth it, but costly and made me realise that if you are travelling to/in South Africa, it may be worth your while to consider travel/medical insurance. 

Phindiwe Nkosi at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Phindiwe Nkosi inside a ward at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi inside a ward at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

Phindiwe Nkosi just before the day surgery at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi just before the day surgery at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

Phindiwe Nkosi just before going into theatre at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi just before going into theatre at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

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Inside the ward at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Inside the ward at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Phindiwe Nkosi at home a couple of hours after the dental surgery at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi at home a couple of hours after the dental surgery at Medicross Medical Centre, Constantia Park in Garsfontein, Pretoria.

Ready for day surgery. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Ready for day surgery. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

 

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+1 # Medicross Constantia Park Dental Centre in Garsfontein, Pretoriawww.youtube.com 2017-11-16 01:07
A dental expert is not typically fun and in order to prevent that
sort of experiences I believe we must begin taking much better care of our teeth and also health generally.
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-1 # Medicross Constantia Park Dental Centre in Garsfontein, PretoriaCaren Jenifer 2017-11-30 15:31
Inspiring. I do not understand what exactly is up with these dental experts but I can see their
point of view. And at the end, all of it makes good sense after what
you revealed above.
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0 # Medicross Constantia Park Dental Centre in Garsfontein, PretoriaMuado.Info 2018-06-28 17:00
Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop
myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.
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