The team at SGE International
What does the General Practitioner do?
All Dutch citizens are registered with a General Practitioner (GP, family doctor or huisarts in Dutch). If you have any medical questions or problems, you contact your GP first.
The General Practitioner is a trained specialist in treating the most common complaints, such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes, common pediatric diseases, gynecological and even psychosocial complaints. He/she can also perform small surgical procedures, e.g. a removal of a mole or place an IUD.
A GP is also trained to recognize when a condition is not common anymore and you need to be seen by another health care specialist. Statistically 9 out of 10 complaints are treated by the GP and around 1 in 10 is referred to another healthcare professional. Your GP will therefore also serve as your link to most other services, such as hospitalization, specialists, home nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy.
Your GP also coordinates the health care that you need and keeps your medical record up to date and confidential.
We understand you might need some more time with the GP because of the language barrier, therefore we offer internationals an extended consultation of 20 minutes.
We understand that health care can be very different in your home country. That is why we would like to take the time to get to know you in an intake consultation.
At SGE International we value giving our future colleagues a good education so that they are prepared to give high quality medical care to the next generation of patients. We therefore offer students from different medical backgrounds an internship at our practice. The intern is always supervised as is appropriate to his/her level.
What does the GP Assistant do?
The first line of support that you receive at your GP office, whether you telephone or are at the front desk, is with the doctor’s assistant.
Part of a doctor assistant’s duty is to answer the telephone. They have to “triage” the person calling in, which means they have to ask vital and pertinent questions to assess if the person needs to be seen immediately by the doctor or if they can wait for another day.
They provide valuable advice on a wide variety of ailments and illnesses and are able to discuss lab or test results with the patient. They are fully qualified and trained to provide a variety of treatments and tests for patients both independently and under the doctor’s orders. For example: treatment they can provide without a doctors order include- Pap smears, urine tests, blood pressure checks, injections, glucose testing, removal of ear wax and other treatments. Under the direction of the GP they are trained to do- EKG testing, visual exams, remove stitches, treats wounds and warts, and again many other treatments and tests that the doctor recommends.
What does the nurse practitioner do?
The function of the nurse practitioner includes a large number of tasks delegated by the GP. It’s aimed at medical and nursing work. The care of the nurse practitioner is particularly focused on chronic patients, such as diabetics, people with a heart disease or COPD. There are also nurse practitioners that are specialized in psychosocial care.
At SGE International, the role of the Manager is to oversee the smooth running of the clinic, by providing the physicians and clinical staff the tools necessary to deliver high quality healthcare to our patients. The manager is responsible for the overall organization of the clinic including the personnel and business aspects as well as responding to feedback, both positive and negative, from patients towards SGE International.
The Team at other SGE Locations:
What does the pharmacist do?
The pharmacist and pharmacist’s assistant will help you getting your prescribed medication. Next to that they can also give advise about medications and self help aids. Outside office hours you can fill your prescriptions at the central pharmacy. The farmacy is located at SGE Strijp, not far from our centre.
What does the physiotherapist do?
The physiotherapist can help you with all complaints related to posture and movement. For instance you can be treated for back and neck problems or mobilization after an operation. You can make an appointment directly or after consultation with your general practitioner. The physiotherapist is available at a location nearby.
What does the psychologist do?
The psychologist is specialised in diagnosing and treating severe, complex and often multiple psychiatric disorders and psychosocial problems. They can help you deal with the problems by using therapy. We have psychologists trained in various therapeutic techniques at different SGE locations.