Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

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Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Forms and paperwork before medical operations in France

Medical Forms and Paperwork in France

If you are about to have an operation under local or general anaesthetics (anesthésie locale ou générale) in France, the surgeon will ask you to organise a meeting with an anaesthetist a week prior to the operation.

A file with be given to you and will have all sorts of information regarding the operation:

The special diet you may have to follow before the operation, a prescription of tablets you may need to take, etc. You will also have to fill in some forms. We like forms and paperwork in France!!

One is about the existing treatment(s) you may have. The surgeon needs to know what tablets you are taking. You will also have to list the previous operations you have had – if any.

Take this file with you when you meet the anaesthetist (anesthésiste). She or he will go through the list of previous operations or / and tablets with you and will answer any questions you may have regarding the operation. Another file (livret d’accueil) will be given to you to read and bring back the day of the operation. Some more reading!

You then have to book your bedroom for the day of the operation, visit the ‘pré-admission’. Even if you are only there for a small operation, you will have to book a bedroom. You can ask for a phone line or a TV.

The sea view option is not available at Dinan hospital!

Don’t forget to bring your passport, Carte Vitale and if you have top up insurance (Mutuelle), bring the “attestation’ with you.

The anaesthetist’s fee is €28 (January 2012). It may vary according to the area.

If you require help with filling forms and paperwork, please contact me.

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