If we caught cold, have a splitting headache, have a clogged nose, cough,
are running high temperature, we must go to the policlinic. First we come to
the registry. The registry clerk on a duty asks our name, address, age and
occupation .He writes out some slips because several specialists will examine
us. Some of them will listen to out heart and lungs, some will check up our
kidneys, liver, stomach, eyesight, and hearing. The others will make our blood
analysis, take our blood pressure and x-ray us.
Our district doctor sees his patients in consulting room 4. A nurse gives
us a thermometer to take our temperature. We must keep it under an armpit.
Last time my temperature was 37,9.The doctor asked what my trouble was. He
offered to sit down in a chair and to strip to the waist. He felt my pulse. It
was faint and accelerated. Then I lay on the examination couch and the doctor
palpated my abdomen. He asked me from what disease I suffered in my childhood.
I suffered from scarlet fever .Now I felt dizzy and was damp with sweat. The
doctor filled in my card and diagnosed the case as the flu.
When he wrote out a prescription for some medicines: pills, powder, drops,
and mixture. He also advised me to take a scalding footbath, to put a hot
water bottle to my feet, to have hot tea with raspberry jam. That would keep
my fever down. The result of my x-ray examination and blood analysis was
normal. I had the prescription made at the chemist’s. I followed the
prescribed treatment to avoid complications. Every day I took a tablespoonful
of mixture 3 times a day and some pills. In two days I was better and in a
week I recovered from my illness. I began to take care of myself. Now I go in
for sports because sports make me strong, healthy and cheerful. Every day I do
my morning exercises and have a cold rubdown to prevent myself from catching
cold. There is a good proverb: An apple a day keeps doctor away. That’s why
I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
In case of sudden and severe illness or an accident calls are made to the
first aid station. There the doctors are on duty all day long. There are many
ambulances there. The ambulances are equipped with everything necessary to
give the first aid. The patient is transported to hospital. There he is taken
to the reception ward first. After questioning and examination the doctor
fills in the patient’s case history. Then a patient is given special clothes
and is put to some ward for treatment. The doctors make their daily round
there. They examine patients and prescribe different medicines and treatments.
When a patient is completely cured, he is discharged from the hospital.
There are different departments in the hospital. They are: a surgical
department, therapy, and the department of infectious diseases.