Unfortunately, she failed in a couple of areas. 1, i asked that all tests be done for my situation in my email to her and again I asked the day of the appointment. She assured me they would and cancelled my appointment with the endocrinoligist. But when I went back, not all the tests were done. And she didn't tell me until too late, that the b.s. medicine the doctor gave me to just go away wasn't covered by insurance and i had to pay full price for the appointment. The medical center had been sending my place of employment advertisements for years so i had decided to try it out. But Nurse Lee and the doctor kept asking me why i had travelled so far away to visit. She is a good listener and friendly but I didn't feel like I was fully informed on anything. I really wished she would have kept her opinion about the endocrinoligst to herself and let me visit him as was originally planned. She ignored the tone in my email and about the past history with doctors and how i wanted to avoid it. And instead i got the same thing I didn't want. So i would say her english is good. But don't necessarily rely on her opinion. IN general i would avoid this medical center at all costs as it seems more interested in money than solutions to medical problems. My problem didn't get resolved at the medical center. I found someone more compassionate and willing to listen and think about more than one cause for my problem and so far has been more helpful in 20 minutes than the medical center was in 2 hours
Dong Eui Medical Center (Nurse Lee)
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If you have ever asked on a busan discussion forum on where to see a doctor you will see people praising Nurse Lee of Dong Eui medical centre and if you are still unconvinced, let me try.
First off Nurse Lee is the community liaison for the the medical center. Her job is to make sure that english speakers get the care that they need. In addition she is an RN so she is knowledgeable in both healthcare, and english.
My timetable went like this:
9:00 AM : Called her number
Nurse Lee “ Hello Ms. Lee speaking”
Fiona “ Do you speak english?”
Nurse Lee “ Of course I speak english, you called the english number”
Fiona laughing now “ well I would like to make an appointment”
*insert going through the process of making an appointment for later on that day*
I thought that the best part was that she was an RN, so felt ok telling her exactly what I wanted to see the doctor for and she was able to make an appointment with the right doctor.
She then gives me directions on how to get to the medical center (which I will post below)
She also told me to call her when I got there and she would help me find everything that I needed.
I arrived at the center about 10 minutes after my appointment but Nurse Lee did not mind and met me in the lobby. She then took me to the section that has the correct doctor in it. I discussed everything with her that I wanted to see the doctor about, and when I got to see the doctor Nurse Lee was there helping translate and filling in things I forgot.
After the appointment Nurse Lee told me that the medical center had all departments except for vision which was very helpful. She also advised me that if I want things don’t for a medical examination or need to get shots for traveling then I should come to her with exactly what I want done.
She helped me pay, gave me her card, walked me out and sent me straight to the pharmacy.
The whole time while we were talking, it was so nice that I could not help but laughing a little on how simple and like home this all felt I was completely comfortable and was able to joke with her like I did with the nurses back home.
Nurse Lee has a great sense of humor but she is easygoing and very knowledgeable about health problems that westerns experience. Her job may be to help us, but I can really tell its something that she enjoys doing. She loves speaking english and is able to help with medical problems, which is nice when you are living so far away from home.
As far as medical clinics go, Nurse Lee was able to take the guess work out of much of what was happening, she is a great woman and I can see why so many ex-pats sing her praises.
If you would like to reach Nurse Lee her phone number is : 82 51 850 8941 and her e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get to Dong Eui Medical center
Take Orange line Subway to stop 121, Yangjeong. From there go out exit 4. There will be a blue shuttle bus on your left hand side. That bus takes you to the center front doors.
If the shuttle bus is not there and you do not want to wait, then the small bus number 8 will also take you there.
Getting a taxi is always an option too.
You can walk, but the route is mostly uphill and the shuttle bus is free.