Health information now also available in English

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In our practice we see more and more international clients/patients. Because we want to inform them properly, we would like to introduce you to

What you can find at

• Health information in English
• Reliable and up-to-date information on the most common health issues
• How to be better prepared for your GP visit
• Tips on what you can do yourself if you feel unwell
• Information about the healthcare system in the Netherlands

All medical information is based on scientific guidelines of general practitioners and medical specialists and guidelines for mental health issues.

Corona virus

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I’m sick. Could it be the new coronavirus?
Do you have:

  1. Cold symptoms or a temperature up to 38 degrees
  2. Recently (less than 14 days) had contact with a patient with the coronavirus, or you have recently returned from an area where the coronavirus prevails:
    China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Singapore, South Korea, Iran, the Northern Italian provinces of Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino-South Tyrol, Friuli-Julisch-Venice, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria.

Then you don’t have to call the GP. Your symptoms are mild. This can also be a common cold or flu. Stay at home, rest and make sure you don’t infect others. Keep a social distance from other people.

If your symptoms get worse:

  • You have fever (over 38 degrees Celsius)
  • You cough or you are out of breath

Then you should call the gp.

What can I do to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus?
The most important measures you can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are very simple. These measures apply to all viruses that may cause flu and colds. Follw these instructions:
They are:
>Wash your hands regularly
>Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow
>Use paper handkerchiefs

Make an appointment online, ask for a repeat prescription or see a lab result?

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Make an appointment online, order repeat prescriptions and view your letters and results with an explanation from your GP? This can be done through the patient portal in our GP information system Tetrahis.

You need to contact our practice for the use of this portal. You need a mobile phone number and a working email address. You can only use your own portal per mail address and phone number. For example, if you want to make an appointment for your children, you can always mention the name and date of birth of the child for whom you make the appointment.

After activation, you will receive an email with instructions to activate your portal.

You can then schedule an appointment, request an e-consultation with your GP, pass on a repeat prescription or access your safe, where your results and letters are kept.

If your portal is no longer working, always try to apply for a new password first. If you continue to experience problems please contact the practice.

Holiday cancelled?

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If you suddenly have to cancel your holiday, travel insurance or plane measure often asks for a medical statement from your GP. It is no longer allowed to give off your own GP. The reason for this is that we as your own general practitioner cannot give objective and independent judgment.
Our advice is that you write a letter to the travel agency, the travel company or your insurance for the reason for cancelling. Of course, you can make an appointment to discuss the reason for cancellation so that everything is listed in your file.
If your insurance does wish for the medical information, they can request them from us in writing through their medical advisor. In that case, we will provide a medical report containing factual information, but without advice or recommendation. It is then up to the medical advisor to make an opinion with the information or to give an opinion.

Availability of your GP

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Is my doctor available? summer/fall 2020

Anne Mieke Achterhuis is available
Young-Kon Lambeck is available
Leon Verest is out of office from October 5 to 20. 

During absence of your regular GP there is always another (temporary) GP present to see you.

Your medical data available through the LSP (National Exchange Point)…Only if you agree

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Your GP and your pharmacy might share your medical data with other healthcare providers. Another doctor or pharmacy may want to have access to your data to be able to help you quickly, properly and safely, for instance. Your medical data are shared through the LSP (National Exchange Point). But only if you agree to it.

How do healthcare providers have access to your medical data?
Your GP and pharmacy may connect their computer systems to the LSP (National Exchange Point), which is a secure and reliable system. They can share the most important medical data through the LSP. Another doctor or pharmacy has access to those medical data via the LSP by using a secure pass and password. But only if you agree to it. And when necessary for your treatment. Your medical data are not stored at a central location. They remain stored on the computer systems of your GP and pharmacy.
Who has access to your medical data?
Healthcare insurers, company doctors and employers have no access to your medical data. Other doctors or pharmacies may only access your medical data if this is necessary for them to be able to help you quickly, properly and safely.

How do you give your permission to having your medical data shared via the LSP?
There are different ways to give permission after having read alle the information on VolgjeZorg
• You give permission directly to your GP through this link: VolgjeZorg
• You complete the permission form (available at the counter or online via and hand it in at your GP’s. Please bring a valid ID when presenting this form.

You have to give permission to your GP and pharmacy separately. Should there be certain medical data you do not want to have shared through the LSP, this can be arranged. Consult with your GP and pharmacy.

Vaccination against meningococcal disease

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How dangerous is meningococcal disease? There are many different types of meningococcal bacteria. At the moment,type W meningococcal bacteria is causing a steep rise in the number of people
becoming ill. That is why there is a new vaccination. This vaccination protects against four types of meningococcal bacteria, including type W. This vaccination will protect for a minimum of 5 years. For many years the vaccine that has been given to people who travel to countries where this disease is more common.

When it starts, meningococcal disease sometimes appears to be an ordinary cold or a stomach upset. The big difference is that meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis or blood poisoning. These are very serious illnesses. Meningitis can cause permanent brain damage. Blood poisoning can severely damage your blood vessels. And this could make amputation necessary. Sometimes these bacteria makepeople so ill that they die. Fortunately, the risk of dying from meningococcal bacteria is very small.

There is a vaccination that protects against Type W meningococcal disease. By the end of 2019 all children born in 2001 to 2005 have received an invitation for the MenACWY-vaccination.

Ask your medical assistant or GP for more information.

General practitioner resident

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As from March 2019 Fleur de Koning is our new general practitioner resident. Fleur is a certified medical doctor and joins us for a year in her training specializing as a general practitioner. She is fully qualified to treat patients and will do so supervised by the GP’s.

GP not authorised to issue a medical certificate

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Your doctor cannot issue a ‘medical certificate’ (also known as a doctor’scertificate). In doing so, your doctor acts in accordance with the rules issued by the
Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG), the professional organisation for physicians. Your own doctor needs to be able to concentrateon your treatment. In order to do so, it is important
to have a good relationship of trust with you. This relationship of trust may be adversely affected if your own doctor states an opinion that is unfavourable for you. It is necessary to avoid situations in which you and your doctor enter into conflict as a result. There must therefore be a clear boundary between the treatment and the assessment of whether you are eligible for certain facilities or services. This means that nothing will prevent you from giving your own doctor all the information required for your treatment. It also benefits you if the examination is conducted by a doctor who is familiar with the specific requirements for the allocation of the facility or service you are requesting. Your own doctor does not have all the knowledge required. This also makes it impossible for your own doctor to make a valid assessment.
You can ask the medical assistant or your doctor for more information.

No show policy

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Unfortunately we observe increase in no shows of patients with an appointment without prior cancellation. Our team counts on your presence and in this situation sometimes hereby deny others the chance to consult them in a time of need.

Please liaise with the assistants when the appointment does not suite you and respect the 24 hour cancellation period. Of course we understand situations beyond your control, just let us know!

Not attending your appointment without cancellation will unfortunately be charged the amount of €19,18. Please note that this amount is not covered by the insurance.