After being told we would have to wait up to 3yrs. for Cataract surgery on the N.H.S. we decided to look into going private. We checked out different private clinics and after speaking to Chris from Healthcare Abroad ...we decided to go with them as they are based in Spain. Chris was brilliant, he arranged everything from flights, hotel accommodation, pick up at airport and took us, with the other patients who were there for hip knee and back surgery, in fact any type of surgery needed, to VISSUM PRIVATE HOSPITAL in Alicante for blood tests and eye examination. Chris has a team working for him who were brilliant. Nothing was a problem. They are all fluent in Spanish. We went in on Mon. and Tues., had our cataracts removed and got multifocal lenses, so no need to wear glasses again. The hospital and doctors were first class, all speak English and are very attentive to their patients. I would highly recommend Chris and his team. Why suffer pain for years when you could have surgery done with top class doctors and first class hotels and a holiday in the sun.
My dad was told he had cataracts by his optician and that he would need to get them done as soon as possible! Both my dad’s GP and optician sent several letters to Limerick regional hospital regarding this and ...he received a letter telling him it would be 53 months before he would be seen. My dad couldn’t wait that long as his sight was deteriorating rapidly!
I contacted Healthcare Abroad and spoke with Chris! The best decision of my life was contacting them! Chris was absolutely fantastic! He explained everything to me and was always only a phone call or text away if I needed to know anything. Chris arranged everything for my dad. Sent referral letter to hospital in Alicante to booking hotel to arranging for a member of the Healthcare Abroad team to meet my dad at both Shannon airport and Alicante airport. There was a driver waiting for my dad in Alicante airport to take him to hotel and was there to collect and drop my dad to the hospital for all his appointments. My dad’s sight was extremely poor when he met with surgeon’s in the hospital in Alicante. He got both his eyes done the right eye on Wednesday and the left eye on Thursday. On the Wednesday evening my dad rang me and he couldn’t get over the sight he had got in his left eye. His exact words were “I can see the tv now”. By Thursday evening my dad had his independence back and I can’t thank Chris, and all the team from Healthcare Abroad enough. To the Surgeon’s who are world class thank you from the bottom of our hearts you really and truly have saved my dad’s life. My advice to anyone who is waiting to get cataracts done contact Healthcare Abroad as ye will not regret it. My dad would be blind now only for Healthcare Abroad. Absolutely fantastic service and staff from both the hospital and Healthcare Abroad team. Also thanks to the doctor who went out to my dads hotel to treat a ankle wound he had.
Had TKR in Benidorm July 2021. Contacted Chris and from the onset he was helpful and informative. Travel and accommodation made easy to book. Care in hospital is first class, with private room for recovery.... Transport to and from hospital for physio and bandage changes arranged to suit patient. Highly recommended Healthcare Abroad to anyone, thanks Chris and team
Within 4 weeks of initially contacting Chris, I was on a flight to Benidorm to access Health Care.
I spent 2 weeks in Benidorm undergoing a TKR and recuperating in 4-star accommodation.
I’ve now ...returned home and hand on heart have to say it was the best decision I ever made.
A heartfelt thank you to Chris and the healthcare abroad team for arranging and taking care of my every need.
Tim and Beth Fowler
I would like to express my appreciation for the outstanding service that you provide. I received a complete hip replacement at IMED hospital in Elche, Alicante, in November 2020 and couldn’t be ...happier with the result. Everyone of the medical staff that we dealt with was very professional and efficient. I was very grateful for the support of Healthcare Abroad team who went out of their way to be as helpful as possible. I especially appreciate the way my particular medical requirements w respectfully and considerately cared for. Our hotel accommodation at Huerto del Cura was excellent – very clean and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff and high-quality food. So good that we hope to return for a holiday. I would have no hesitation in recommending Healthcare Abroad friendly and caring service to as many people as possible. Keep up the good work!
Thank you again
Best decision that I ever made! I would recommend healthcare abroad to everyone needing surgery.
Firstly Chris and Eileen are two amazing people. A truly genuine, kind, caring couple that ...would do everything in their power to help make the surgery the best possible experience.
I was waiting nearly 5 years here in Ireland for hysterectomy. 3 weeks after my initial phone call with Chris, I was on the plane. Chris organised the apartment, transfers to and from the airport, transport to and from all hospital appointments. Hospital was like a 5 star hotel. Apartment was outstanding. Surgeons are amazing and technology in the hospital is extremely advanced. The whole experience felt more like a holiday rather than a surgical trip.
I was so impressed with the whole experience, the standard of care and the kindness that was lavished on me by Chris and Eileen, I cannot recommend this service enough.
Two weeks later, based on my high recommendation, 5 of my friends and family went for surgery. They all had the same amazing experience and complete success with their procedures.
Thank you so much guys for everything you’ve done for myself, my family and my friends. Chris and Eileen you are the best
Eva Daniher Fowkes
Chris and Eileen were wonderful supports during my trip to Benidorm for surgery. Chris really takes care of you and goes out of his way to make sure you are doing ok. If there were any suggestions ...or issues to arise, you could just ring and talk to him about it. I waited many years for surgery here in Ireland and within 3 months I was at a posh private hospital in Spain feeling pampered! I would recommend this company to any one who asks about CBD companies as they took all the hard work out of the paperwork and Chis was with me every step of the way. He has been in the medical field for over 20 years and has honest realistic goals for his clients. I had gastric surgery in Spain and was there for three weeks recovering in the beautiful apartment with a view of the beach! No too bad for little old me! Thanks again Chris and Eileen for everything! Eva
I would highly recommend Chris,Eileen and their team without hesitation. I travelled to Benidorm at the end of February for Hip Replacement operation and to say I was nervous would be an ...understatement. I was met at the Airport by Chris and Eileen and from the moment I met them I felt at ease immediately. I was brought to the hospital on Monday for my Pre ops and everything went well until I received My Covid test results that evening to say I tested positive. As I had to wait another 2 weeks to have My Operation Chris arranged to extend My accommodation with no hassle whatsoever. Eventually I arrived at Hospital and had My Surgery. Chris called in to see Me every day until I was able to leave Hospital and collected Me every day to take Me for dressing changes, check ups, Physio etc. he also collected my Daughter and Son from the Airport and brought Me back and made sure I was allocated a wheelchair and assistance before He left. I Can’t thank them enough and am in the Process of arranging to go back for My other hip operation later in the Year. Thanks Chris and Eileen and keep up the good work.
I would urge anyone requiring surgery and on a waiting list to choose Healthcare Abroad. I could not even get on a waiting list in Ireland to receive a knee replacement, however ...within weeks of my diagnosis I had a date for surgery in Alicante. Chris, Eileen and the team looked after all aspects of my trip, from surgery, to accommodations, to transfers etc. They were so helpful and on hand to answer any questions. I received top care from the surgeons and staff in Vithas Alicante during my stay and subsequent physio, I would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who assisted me during my stay there.
Chris and Eileen went above and beyond during my trip. They kept in contact with me every day and even after I have returned home, they have been in touch. They genuinely cared about my progress and recovery. I cannot thank them enough for their help and support. I am home 5 weeks and whilst still recovering I am getting stronger every day. I would recommend Healthcare Abroad to anyone who needs it.
I traveled with Chris and Eileen to get my cataracts done in Spain – within a week I was on a plane both eyes were done with no hassle whatsoever I was met at the airport in Both Shannon and ...Alicante driven to all my appointments and my accommodation was fabulous – all my paperwork sorted – and home in a week – I can’t recommend Chris and Eileen and the team enough, Thank you.
Frank and Mary Barry
Frank Barry back home after 2 weeks in Spain just can’t believe it .initially on talking to Chris thought this is just to good to be true. They were just fantastic from the start Chris and his wife Eileen ...and John who brought me to my appointments and everyone was really very helpful…..And Martina who was the link with hospital and interpreter when talking surgeon Overall they are great team who just have a gift of being their when you needed them most I am going back to get 2nd hip done early next year and it is great to know that Chris and his brilliant team will be looking after me again thanks for everything Frank and Mary
I want to express my gratitude for all your help & advice the past few weeks. I actually still can’t believe how efficient & quick the entire process has been. I have been telling everyone I know, about ...Healthcare Abroad. Like me, they can’t believe that, within a week of our initial contact, you arranged surgery for my hands to be done in Spain the following week! You are an absolute Godsend. I really couldn’t have coped too much longer with the chronic pain my carpal tunnel was causing me. And I can’t even explain how marvellous it is to finally have relief from that pain & to be able to sleep through the night! If my recovery is as good as the service Healthcare Abroad have provided well, then I’ll really be a happy camper! I want you to know that, I have been highly recommending your company & will continue to do so. Professional, Efficient, Trustworthy & totally Competent are only some of the words I’ve used to describe my experience through the process. I can’t thank you enough. I only hope that, more people learn about your company & the AMAZING services you provide. It’s absolutely ludicrous for people who need medical attention and/or surgery to have to wait for insane lengths of time on waiting lists in this country when there’s an alternative. My blessing was being told about Healthcare. I Just can’t thank you enough!
Have to say world class service from Chris and his team. could not have got better service and my knee in great Shape after one week. don’t hesitate to contact them brilliant team. thanks from ...Christy Corroon
Maeve and Geoffrey O’Sullivan
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
In August 2020, I had a mesh frame fitted to my lower spine. The operation was not entirely successful and due to complications, the Irish experts were reluctant to intervene ...further and I was left in pain and consigned to a wheel chair.
Within a short period of contacting Chris in late October 2021, I was flown to Spain (with my husband), met at the airport, provided with accommodation, had consultations with Spanish experts, blood tests, MRIs, X-Rays and CT scans and was operated on in early December. I now have no lower back pain and am transitioning from a wheel chair to a rollator. While I am aware that independent walking is a long-time away, Chris, Eileen and their team have given me renewed hope.
I have to add that we were tremendously impressed by the efficiency of the Spanish Health Care System and Chris and his team were of immense help in navigating us through it. While in Spain, Chris, Eileen and the team kept in regular phone contact with us, answering questions, arranging additional consultations and checking to see that we were being looked after.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his team at Healthcareabroad to anyone who feels let down by the Irish Health Care System and needs urgent specialist medical attention.
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I just want to say a big thank you to Chris/ Eileen & the whole team at Healthcare Abroad, from my initial contact for information to the help with setting up ...all that was needed before departure. The professionalism shown by all that I met was above & beyond what I expected. The personal touch of both Chris & Eileen made the 3 weeks all the more enjoyable. I cannot thank them enough for all their input & assistance throughout.
Healthcare Abroad have given me a new lease of life & renewed confidence in myself since the Bariatric Surgery.
Thank you again to both Chris & Eileen & all the team.
Dingle county Kerry
I can't thank the team at Healthcare Abroad enough for changing my life. If anyone is considering using this service, I recommend them 110%. At first I felt like it was to good too be true, but after going... through this experience I've realised that they are really a team of amazing people who created a business to help others.
From the day I emailed to enquire about their services, Chris was such a great help, despite my impatience and panic, he assured me that everything was going to be okay and that I would be healthy again in no time. He kept in touch throughout the whole process with myself and my mother, and was even there to wave me off on my departure.
John who provide the transport and assistance too and from appointments was brilliant. So easy to talk too, and a breath of fresh air when you're feeling anxious, with a friendly and chatty nature.
Eileen, and HCA team were there to assist me during my appointments, before and after surgery and to help with any questions I had. At any given time, at least one of the ladies were available to help in person or over the phone. Even if I just needed a coffee or someone to talk too, they were there for me.
The apartment we stayed at was beautiful, very clean and modern and a stones throw away from the hospital. The hospital itself is also pristine, the doctors, surgeons and nurses are very professional, and have an overall caring nature.
If anyone is suffering in pain and on waiting lists for what seems like forever, please contact the team. Nobody should have to live their life in agony.
Even now I am back in Ireland and it's been over two weeks since surgery the team are still in touch and checking to see how I am.
Thank you again to everyone at Healthcare Abroad, I feel like a new person!
Bernie and Eamon Brett
Where do I start Healthcare Abroad is just amazing. My husband Eamonn has been waiting for Seven Years to have Knee Replacement Surgery and about 7 weeks ago we were told about ... Healthcare Abroad. We travelled to Alicante in Spain 2 weeks ago for Eamonn to have his surgery. This Business is run by Chris Goodey and his Wife Eileen. We made contact with Chris who organised everything for us. Chris and his team are amazing. We borrowed the money through the Credit Union all done by Chris (which is totally refunded by the HSE so basically it costs very little only interest for 3 months. (About €100). We were met in Dublin Airport by Andrew and Sarah members of the the team who organised wheelchair access for Eamonn to the Plane. We arrived in Alicante to be met by John their chaffuer who drives you everywhere you want to go. Hotel was booked by Healthcare Abroad 5 minutes away from hospital. Eamonn had surgery two weeks ago we home and he walking with crutches and has never felt so well no pain. Healthcare Abroad organised our flight home with Wheelchair assistance in Alicante and again in Dublin right to our car. We cannot recommend Health Care Abroad enough to people it just an amazing company. Eamonn needs his second knee replacement and we will definitely use Healthcare Abroad again. What an amazing company Chris and Eileen are amazing people with fabulous staff. Chris Goodey you are an amazing Person and thank you so much from both Eamonn and myself.
Peter Colin Crew-Gee
I would like to thank Chris Goodey, his wife Eileen, and his team for the support and help that was afforded me during my cataract surgery. My driving license was due for renewal in October 2022 and ...after a trip to my GP, I was informed that my eyesight would probably not meet the requirements needed to continue to drive. I'm 83 yrs old and need my independence. The waiting list for surgery in Ireland is around 3yrs, and that prompted me to get in touch with Chris Goodey at www.healthcareabroad.ie I was assured that I would get the procedure done within weeks, so I agreed to proceed.
Chris arranged everything in a step-by-step process. I was booked into the Vissum Eye clinic in Alicante, a very modern, efficient hospital that specializes in eye operations. On arriving in Alicante we were met at the airport by Chris who took us to our accommodation which was a comfortable two-bedroom apartment.
The operation was booked two days after arrival, first the right eye and the day after, the left eye. After each eye was done I was out of the hospital in under one and half hours and could see clearly, it was amazing. I had my sight back to normal and would retain my driving license. Thanks, Chris, I'm really lost for words.
The whole trip surgery, transport, accommodation, etc was all taken care of by him and his team, and to top it all off, we were taken out for a meal and a tour of the older parts of Alicante, "brilliant ". Thanks again, Chris.
I would like to thank Chris and Eileen for all the help I received from them during my stay In Benidorm, before and after my hip replacement. I felt like a vip with my own personal assistants...I was brought to and from all appointments including hospital and physiotherapy they even visited me in my private room. The hospital is spotlessly clean, all the staff were wonderful and took great care of me. I would advise anyone who needs hip replacement to get a referral from your doctor then ring Chris he will do the rest thank you again Chris Eileen and all their wonderful team. Oliver.
Alwyn and Eugene McCaul
We would like to encourage people being left on waiting lists, left waiting hours and days on Doctors to call them back, left sitting all day in emergency departments to pick up the phone,...when you are ready, and listen to Chris advise you on how you can be helped where surgery is elective.
You will be operated on in a matter of weeks and treated respectfully from start to finish. You will be transported from the airport and to all appointments and back to the airport. Chris and Eileen stay in touch with you throughout. It is only when you are treated so humanely you realise how gratuitously demoralising the healthcare system in Ireland is.
In the past 14 months, my partner has had procedures done that have been absolutely life changing and which I will list separately below.
Eye lenses replaced; His eyes were done one at a time. He is well into retirement, so his eyesight was standard for his age. Postoperatively, he had absolutely no difficulty or adjustment period. He has good healing powers anyway. He put in the eye drops as prescribed. His recovery was uneventful. He can now read menus in restaurants without fumbling for the specs. Marvellous.
Hernia: He had a troublesome inguinal hernia that he had repaired with a mesh insert. The hernia was larger than originally thought, extending into his abdomen. Again, he was hospitalised for only two days. He was walking distances with his stitches in situ. Most people would not be doing that but he was up and about and active in a matter of days. Although the day of his operation, he experienced a lot of pain. Chris visited at 9pm and made sure he had adequate analgesia. His recovery again was completely uneventful. No complications at all.
Respiratory; Asthma and bronchitis run in his family, so he asked for a respiratory consult as an afterthought. I thought he was wasting his time as he is on inhalers and nebulisers daily since he was a child. He is so long on the HSE waiting list, he had completely given up hope that anything could be done for him. He has been diagnosed over the years with asthma, bronchitis, alveolitis, emphysema and COPD. No hope in other words. Chronic. He has had to be stabilised in ambulances on a couple of occasions where he was in danger of cardiac arrest due to the severity of his asthma attacks.
Well, he was assessed in Spain, diagnosed with Bronchiectasis and prescribed a new inhaler. The inhaler contains glycopyrronium bromide. This is only available in Ireland in injection form for palliative care.
Once again, the results have been just remarkable. He used to cough and gasp every morning. That has all stopped. He has never had to use the nebuliser since starting the new inhaler, Trimbow. So now his bedroom, car and travel inhalers are all packed away. Redundant after a lifetime of daily use. He can work out in the garden now unrestricted. Before now, he was completely incapacitated by not being able to catch his breath. He was constantly on antibiotics, steroids and antihistamines. Overnight, he has no need to take anything except his inhaler.
Prostate procedure: My partners prostate swelled to 70cm. He could not take a drink without going to A&E to be catheterised for urinary retention. We had researched TURP and realised this is quite an invasive procedure that has not been done in the USA in over a decade as it has a high complication rate for men. We opted for Urolift, but he was 3 months battling against the system to get on the waiting list in St James hospital, Dublin. There are only 2 surgeons using this procedure in Ireland. Its not available anywhere else in Ireland, including Belfast, currently. We had a pure runaround with referrals being lost, waiting weeks for calls back. We had all but given up when Chris suggested Rezum. We researched it and within weeks, my partner had his procedure. Again, its entirely successful. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to fully work. My partner is back living a full life again. The procedure was a total success.
I will be unrewarded for taking the time to write this testimonial. My incentive is to let people know the excellent service they can avail of by picking up the phone to Chris Goody. My partner would be careening into old age with all the medical problems he had. Contacting Chris has made a new man of him. Its ridiculous to have a debilitating medical or orthopaedic problem and not just chance a quick phone call to Chris or Eileen. Its ridiculous to just accept being treated as an afterthought by a lot of the medics and HSE here when you can be treated with such dignity abroad. Its only after a few weeks of being in Spain, having a procedure and being treated as a human being, that the full realisation sinks in as to how ridiculous it is to feel as tho one has to constantly beg to be heard by the HSE and some medics in Ireland.
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