The team at SGE International
What does the General Practitioner do?
All Dutch citizens are registered with a General Practitioner (GP, family doctor or huisarts in Dutch). If you have any medical questions or problems, you contact your GP first.
The General Practitioner is a trained specialist in treating the most common complaints, such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes, common pediatric diseases, gynecological and even psychosocial complaints. He/she can also perform small surgical procedures, e.g. a removal of a mole or place an IUD.
A GP is also trained to recognize when a condition is not common anymore and you need to be seen by another health care specialist. Statistically 9 out of 10 complaints are treated by the GP and around 1 in 10 is referred to another healthcare professional. Your GP will therefore also serve as your link to most other services, such as hospitalization, specialists, home nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy.
Your GP also coordinates the health care that you need and keeps your medical record up to date and confidential.
We understand you might need some more time with the GP because of the language barrier, therefore we offer internationals an extended consultation of 20 minutes.
We understand that health care can be very different in your home country. That is why we would like to take the time to get to know you in an intake consultation.
At SGE International we value giving our future colleagues a good education so that they are prepared to give high quality medical care to the next generation of patients. We therefore offer students from different medical backgrounds an internship at our practice. The intern is always supervised as is appropriate to his/her level.
What does the GP Assistant do?
The first line of support that you receive at your GP office, whether you telephone or are at the front desk, is with the doctor’s assistant. Part of a doctor assistant’s duty is to answer the telephone. They have to “triage” the person calling in, which means they have to ask vital and pertinent questions to assess if the person needs to be seen immediately by the doctor or if they can wait for another day.
They provide valuable advice on a wide variety of ailments and illnesses and are able to discuss lab or test results with the patient. They are fully qualified and trained to provide a variety of treatments and tests for patients both independently and under the doctor’s orders. For example: treatment they can provide without a doctors order include- Pap smears, urine tests, blood pressure checks, injections, glucose testing, removal of ear wax and other treatments. Under the direction of the GP they are trained to do- EKG testing, visual exams, remove stitches, treats wounds and warts, and again many other treatments and tests that the doctor recommends.
What does the nurse practitioner do?
The function of the nurse practitioner includes a large number of tasks delegated by the GP. It’s aimed at medical and nursing work. The care of the nurse practitioner is particularly focused on chronic patients, such as diabetics, people with a heart disease or COPD. There are also nurse practitioners that are specialized in psychosocial care.
What does the physiotherapist do?
SGE international physiotherapy stands for well-grounded physical therapy, which is focusing on the needs of expats. All our therapists speak English and take the time to listen to you. The practice is located at Videolab In Strijp-S, Eindhoven and works in collaboration with SGE Strijp. This collaboration permits to offer a broad spectrum of different therapies.
We are focusing at the human posture and its locomotor system. Feel free to visit us for any injuries related to muscles, ligaments, tendons or joints. Furthermore, we also offer revalidation targeting cardiorespiratory diseases, vascular diseases and post-operative revalidation. For our treatments, we rely on recent scientific evidence and research. Every human is unique; therefore, we strive for optimal patient-centered care. Together with the client we are looking for the most suitable way to reach their personal goals.
Physical therapy in the Netherlands is usually being reimbursed by supplementary insurance, not basic insurance. However, there are a few indications where physical therapy is also being reimbursed by basic insurance.
You do not need to visit your general practitioner prior to getting in touch with the physical therapy department; you may make an appointment with or without referral from your general practitioner.
SGE International in collaboration with SGE Strijp offers the following:
- Manual therapy
- Sports Physiotherapy
- Medical taping
- Intermittent claudication therapy (attached to ClaudicatioNet)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) revalidation
- Medical Fitness
- Post-operative revalidation
- Treatment of repetitive strain injuries, such as for example of the neck, the elbow, the back etc.
At SGE International, the role of the Manager is to oversee the smooth running of the clinic, by providing the physicians and clinical staff the tools necessary to deliver high quality healthcare to our patients. The manager is responsible for the overall organization of the clinic including the personnel and business aspects as well as responding to feedback, both positive and negative, from patients towards SGE International.
The Team at other SGE Locations:
What does the pharmacist do?
The pharmacist and pharmacist’s assistant will help you getting your prescribed medication. Next to that they can also give advise about medications and self help aids. Outside office hours you can fill your prescriptions at the central pharmacy. The farmacy is located at SGE Strijp, not far from our centre.
What does the psychologist do?
The psychologist is specialised in diagnosing and treating severe, complex and often multiple psychiatric disorders and psychosocial problems. They can help you deal with the problems by using therapy. We have psychologists trained in various therapeutic techniques at different SGE locations.