Thursday, January 27, 2011

English speaking OB/GYN in Taipei

I just wanted to write a quick post to recommend Zhongxiao Xingfu OB/GYN for Western women looking for a female gynecologist. (Walkable from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT, but far closer to Zhongxiao Dunhua - same building and floor as "Shall We Dance?" ballroom dancing, near the Starbucks on Zhongxiao).

I will not, of course, give details because that's just not something you need to know or want to hear. Normally, I would not post something that is so close to the line of "personal business" but I have been asked in the past for recommendations from other expat women in Taipei, and i do feel info about women's health options in Taiwan are important and should be available online for easy searching in English - so I view this post as a public service contribution to the female expat world.

I just wanted to chime in with an experience-based recommendation for their high level of English - all doctors there speak it - professionalism and competency. I do speak Chinese, and am fine getting a checkup or going to see a doctor for something small (like a sore throat) and using Chinese, but in some situations I simply prefer to be able to use English, or to at least have the option.

So if you are a Western woman (or native English speaker who prefers an English speaking doctor for this particular specialty) in Taipei and want more than a listing on TEALIT, but a recommendation based on personal assessment, there you go!

18 comments:

Kathmeista said...

Brilliant! Thank you. I'll have to make sure this is in the next edition of Taipei Living. Will also make a note for future reference :)

catherine_sr. said...

This is helpful! I had an English speaking OB/GYN but her clinic didn't take jianbao. Then I had another doctor but I don't think he's comfortable consulting in English and if I'm anywhere within a 20 meter radius of a speculum my Mandarin stops functioning.

Jenna said...

Glad to know it's helpful! This clinic takes jianbao and the English level is quite high (the receptionists don't seem to speak it but the doctors do...and they're all female which is important to me.

catherine_sr. said...

I put a link to your ref on my new "helpful resources" page (http://shuflies.blogspot.com/p/mandarin-study-links.html)... I hope you don't mind!

catherine_sr. said...

Sorry for another comment... I just changed the link of my resources page to http://shuflies.blogspot.com/p/helpful-links.html

Rachel said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net) may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious sore throat.

Anonymous said...

i went to her because of this blog post and she was wonderful. I highly recommend her. her nurses are also very nice, as are the receptionists.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure which doctor you all went to, but I just had the most horrible OBGYN experience there with Dr. 邱文心 (pronounced Cho Wen Xin).

When I went into her office she asked me what my problem was, and when I told her I was there for a regular checkup she screamed impatiently, "Which one?!". I requested a pap smear and a breast exam, only to have her laugh in my face about the breast exam. "You go to general surgery for that!". After this I just wanted to get the exam over with.

This doctor was not only rude during our brief conversation but was rough and only examined me for at most 30 seconds. She also just left the room leaving me with my legs up not knowing the exam was over. It was a waste of time and frankly I feel humiliated and really upset by the entire experience.

Can anyone recommend another OBGYN, or the name of the doctor you went to at this practice? Surely it couldn't have been this beast of a woman I just endured.

Lynn said...

Hi,
Thanks for the recommendation! I was wondering if you might know the address to this clinic? I've tried searching for it on Google Maps but I can't find it. Or perhaps you know which exit to take at Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT or Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT?

I would be so thankful if anyone could help me with this! :)

Jenna Cody said...

Follow the link - the address is there - http://www.tealit.com/article_categories.php?section=health&article=womens

It's next to the Starbucks, should be 4th floor in the building next door. Same floor as the "Shall We Dance?" dance studio.

Anonymous said...

DO NOT EVER GO HERE! I had the absolute worse experience with this staff. They ddon't even change the sheets when they give you an exam and only put down a small paper towel, as if that is sanitary enough to use between patients . Absolutely disgusting, plus I heard them say rude comments about me in Chinese, just because they don't know any English doesn't mean I don't nkow Chinese. The doctor made me feel horribly uncomfortable and it was the worst experience I've ever had at OBGYN. I recommend going to a big hospital, at least then you know you will get better service and not feel so strange and uncomfortable, especially when they watch you get dressed/undressed and stand less than a foot away as you do it. No privacy. Very animal like and shameful how they treat women. Please, go somewhere else.

Jenna Cody said...

I posted the above comment because I see no reason to dismiss your experience, Anonymous. And I'm sorry to hear you were treated that way.

But that was not my experience at all. First, you said "just because they don't know any English doesn't mean I don't know any Chinese" - but the whole point of this post is that they DO speak English. I'm not sure what staff you dealt with but all could speak basic English when I was there (although I do speak Chinese).

I did notice that they change the entire sheet, not just putting down a little towel, nobody said anything about me in Chinese, and I was left alone to change. In fact, one time I went because I was having *issues* (flow that would not stop) and despite it being totally messy and gross, the doctor made me feel OK - "don't worry, I see this all the time", she said. "It's a part of my job. No reason to be embarrassed" as I bled all over the place.

I've felt at the hospitals that I didn't get good service - most doctors can speak English, but you have to wait for a long time, it's more expensive, the changing room is not necessarily right next to the room where you lie down and get your exam, and there is more pressure to see a lot of patients so you get rushed out too quickly. For other illnesses I am fine with the hospitals, but not for OB/GYN where I want longer consultations.

Anonymous said...

May I ask the name of your doctor? And do I also need to make an appointment as well. I'm planning on just showing up on Monday morning. It seems around that time Dr. Ma will take over. I'm a little nervous since it's my first time visting an obgyn, but I'll give this one a try since you gave a pretty good review.

Renata said...

Can you please clarify the name is Zhongxio Xingfu OB/GYN--would you mind writing it in Chinese just so I can be sure? Is there any chance the woman who had the bad experience went to the wrong place? I need to have an annual check up and I already have a hard enough time going alone to these things but I want to make sure I go to the right place---one that has been vouched for with a doctor that has been vouched for! Please can you repost exactly the name of the clinic and doctor you met with who was so kind and patient? Thank you so, so much!

Jenna Cody said...

Will try to remember to do that tomorrow!

Alisa said...

Thank you Lao Ren Cha! I had a terrible experience with a GYNO on Heping East. It was supposedly a 'famous' doctor (described to me by the local who recommended). He did speak English, and was indeed always packed with clients. The terrible part was that when he conferred the results of my annual pap, he did so with other clients in the same room. Everyone could hear! It was fine, but imagine if it wasn't! Culture shock for someone who loves her HIPPA laws.
-www.AuthenticEast.com

loli said...

do you know if they make there a colonoscopy there? I am looking for a doctor in taipei who would do this

jamie said...

great post, does anybody when to that GYN recently? There are three doctors, which one should I take? any recommondations? It's the first time for me to do a check here in taipei and I am so afraid. would be thankful for any help.