Can anyone give me thier views on the following Paediatricians?
- 01-11-2010, 11:54 AM #9Registered User
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- Oct 2006
- Hong Kong
When you give birth in a private hospital, some of the OBs require you to have a paed in attendance.
- 01-11-2010, 12:00 PM #10
thanks, i realise that... but from the sounds of things they aren't looking for a paed for that... but for regular things like
so just curious why they choose a paed and not a GP?
(not a judgement, just truly curious...)
- 01-12-2010, 10:34 PM #11Registered User
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- Mar 2009
- Olympic, Kowloon
I am from the UK and so if was giving birth there I would not consider having a paed and would use a GP.
My OB recommended I choose one just incase something goes wrong and so we would know who to call. My understanding is HK is more in line with the US system where you would go to specialists rather than GPs?
- 01-12-2010, 10:44 PM #12
i thought it the opposite. there is a paed in sai kung where we live, but we have only ever used her once. our GP has always been fantastic.
as a matter of fact, had to take my nearly 3 yr old in today. she was running a high fever. he checked her out and told us that she had the start of a throat infection. no anti-biotics, not at that point yet, but some meds to bring the fever down a little.
for giving birth in the private system, i understand that you need a paed. but there were others on here that were using one for seemingly all the ailments.
that is what i'm curious about. i'm just wondering why they choose a paed instead of a gp. maybe they've thought of something that i haven't and i should re-think what we do when our kids are sick?
- 01-12-2010, 11:44 PM #13Registered User
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- Dec 2008
- South District
i've always used paed and never even thought of seeing a gp..wonder why?!? just never occurred to me...i guess some where in the back of my mine I was under the impression that the paed would know the developmental milestones better and perhaps have dealt with more babies and their corresponding problems that they were the "experts" and so i just went to see them. i think if she were to just have a vaccination, it wouldn't really matter if it were a paed or gp, but for other things, such as fever i always went to a paed so that they might be able to relate (or not) it to my child's past history (to keep her record in order)....anyhow, now i'm having 2nd thoughts...
plus with the problems my child had initially, i have just continued seeing the same doctor because she knows her history...i think i will see a gp when she gets older, say 4/5 years old...
- 01-12-2010, 11:50 PM #14
LOL! isn't it funny... i've seen the gp, for exactly the same reason!
he knows all of us (we all go to see him, i even send my helper to him on the odd occasion she is sick). i always thought that i'd only go to a paed if i wasn't happy with the diagnosis or thought that it was more serious. besides, my kids LOVE the guy we go to...never a single tear or anything.
hmmmm...i guess all that matters is that each of us is happy with our choice of doctor.
- 01-13-2010, 08:19 AM #15Registered User
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- Oct 2008
- Taikoo Shing
My 14-month-old has seen Dr. Chiu twice. I had to ring him before 7:30 am three times so far and he was very patient on the phone (despite the fact that I was obviously interrupting his breakfast). He said that he's always busy in the clinic but if I have any questions, ring his clinic number between 7 to 8:30 am and he will be happy to talk to me. It turns out that twice I was simply being an overacting first time mom and he put my mind at ease. There were a few advices he gave which I didn't like and I continued to do what I felt was best (such as I should stop pumping breastmilk since I wasn't producing enough anyway). I would still use him for emergencies but leave the jabs to my GP. I think that all doctors or paeds are fond of handing out their opinions and advice but it's really up to you to decide what you want to do.
- 01-14-2010, 04:40 PM #16Registered User
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- Dec 2007
I see Dr Steve Wong with my 9 month old son - he is in the same practice as Dr Joseph Pang. I have found him excellent on all occasions. He is extremely patient in explaining things, very kind with the baby and thorough. I highly recommend him. I think the practice is well run and we have never waited more than 10 mins which in Hong Kong seems to be pretty good! In terms of why a paed not a GP, I'd be happy with either, but we are very lucky to have insurance cover and I have found some of his tips to be extremely useful e.g. on safety with the baby, why having seasonal flu shots is a good idea etc.
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