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  • duncanj
  • Waygookin

    • 21

    • September 19, 2013, 05:03:22 pm
    • Incheon
Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:17:26 pm »
Hi there,

I need to have foot surgery, and I'm stuck. I managed to get a referral and went to Soon Chun Hyang Hospital in Seoul to see an orthopedic surgeon. I saw the specialist, and I got an appointment to make a future appointment for the surgery. Apparently, I need to go in person to make the appointment for the operation in December.

That's where I'm stuck. A Korean friend of mine managed to help me along this far, but she can't come to help me make the appointment for the surgery - and I basically can't speak Korean. I'm wondering if there's a translation service - or something, anything - I could hire/use to help me?

I'm terribly frustrated after jumping through so many hoops to get this far. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.


Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 10:03:58 pm »
Call 02-120 and they'll translate for you.


  • Jaunter
  • Super Waygook

    • 431

    • April 02, 2012, 11:57:17 am
    • Goyang, Korea
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Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014, 07:39:16 am »
Any good hospital (in general not just Korea) will have interpreters on staff. I think you'll be fine, especially if this hospital is in Seoul. If not use the free foreigner hotline CanineKimchi mentioned or call 1330.
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  • bjinglee
  • Expert Waygook

    • 545

    • March 10, 2011, 10:29:48 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014, 08:03:35 am »
Any good hospital (in general not just Korea) will have interpreters on staff. I think you'll be fine, especially if this hospital is in Seoul. If not use the free foreigner hotline CanineKimchi mentioned or call 1330.
Most hospitals should have at least 1 person on staff who speaks English. I've been to both Gangnam Severance and Samsung Hospital, and at Samsung all of the nurses that I dealt with could speak some English. Gangnam Severance they had 1 point person who did all the English translating.  But all of the doctors spoke English fairly well. 


  • Ley_Druid
  • The Legend

    • 2468

    • February 17, 2011, 08:36:33 am
    • Shinan-Gun, Jeollanam-Do, South Korea
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2014, 08:42:07 am »
I have never heard of that hospital, but someone there will speak enough English to help you. Both doctors and nurses are using English textbooks and some of them even take classes in English before they start working. The older ones actually tend to have better skills. Just speak clearly and slowly. Write things down if you have to. Calling the translation service helps as well, or you can go to a larger hospital (Samsung, Seoul Nat'l Uni Hosp, Severance, or Hyundai Asan) to get 100% English services.


  • Mezoti97
  • The Legend

    • 2702

    • April 14, 2011, 03:02:50 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2014, 11:08:35 am »
I imagine there is at least someone there who can speak passable English, as it is a big hospital near Itaewon.


  • duncanj
  • Waygookin

    • 21

    • September 19, 2013, 05:03:22 pm
    • Incheon
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014, 12:47:42 pm »
Thanks everyone. I studied the "wrong" foreign languages before coming here. The doctor I had, and will have, speaks fairly fluent English. It's everyone else I'm worried about! I totally forgot that 02-120 and 1330 existed because I've never used them before.

I'm a little worried about staying in the hospital, too. I can survive hospital food for a few days, but not without my laptop and/or my phone! Does anyone have any experience staying in the hospital? Can you use your laptop, phone, or other devices? Otherwise, I'll need to bring a bunch of new books or something!


  • Jaiysun4
  • Waygookin

    • 15

    • February 05, 2013, 03:32:21 am
    • Korea
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 07:11:09 pm »
The hospital should have decent wifi for your phone, but your laptop probably won't connect.

Take some fruit/snacks in case you don't like the hospital food! They also make good gifts for other patients in your room. It'll be similar to school lunch in quality.

There will probably be a Korean restaurant or two in the hospital, that you can visit on crutches. Otherwise, I was allowed to go out (with permission) to eat (except the day of the surgery). You'll have to fast for most of that day, unfortunately.


  • Dweebs1
  • Veteran

    • 102

    • December 07, 2010, 02:52:11 pm
    • Yeongwol, Gangwon-do
Re: Surgery/operation scheduling (stuck!)
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2014, 09:58:02 am »
When I had my operation on my leg last year. just about all the doctors and nurses could
speak English. I didn't think that the doctor who did the operation could speak any English, becaue when he came by to do his rounds he had the other doctors speak to me.
But when it was time for me to come back for my monthly doctor visits he would talk my ear off in his office in English.