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Falling sick in Geneva

We are traveling through Switzerland and my wife has got sick with fever and bad case of cold - flu etc
What would you suggest ?

Posted by
8889 posts

Tony, go straight to the nearest pharmacy (big green cross outside). It is now 21:00, so most will be closed for the night, but there is usually one 24-hour pharmacy, ask at your hotel.
Most pharmacies are trained for doing an initial assessment, and deciding if they can provide a solution or of you need a doctor. If they say you need a doctor they will be able to direct you to one. And most pharmacies (and certainly the 24-hour one) will have someone who speaks passable English.

See this list of 24 hour medical services here: https://genevalunch.com/2010/01/22/urgent-medical-care-and-24-hr-pharmacies-in-geneva/

Posted by
9 posts

Thank you Chris - I just did that and got some medication for the night .
We shall review in the morning if she does not overcome the fever.
Actually - with some cold compress - the temp has already started to break and she is able to rest peacefully

I really appreciate the quick responses on this forum - it is god sent

Thanks again guys

Posted by
16883 posts

Pharmacists can usually do more diagnosing and dispensing in Europe than they do in the USA. For instance, to sell antibiotics without a doctor's prescription.

[Edit] Oh, good. I see you did that.

Posted by
270 posts

Just an FYI.

We were in Luzern several years ago when something similar happened. We went to the train station (seriously) where there was a 24 Emergency Room. It was Friday, we were there about 45 mins, it cost about 150 CHF (including 3 medicines given to us by the doctor themselves), and we were out in 45 minutes. We were very happy with the service, doctor, et al. Amazing really. Friday night in a US ER might have run into the next morning and cost a lot more than 150 CHF for all we received.

Never been to the Geneva train station but either check online or ask your hotel receptionist.

A better trip for you guys!