Tokyo Mothers Group
English-speaking support group for families in Tokyo
From paediatricians, dentists, first aid to what to do in an emergency.
Paediatricians & Other Medical Services for Children
Finding the right paediatrician for you and your child is never easy. Personalities, location, health insurance, language are some of the many factors you will need to take into consideration.
Ask relatives, neighbours, colleagues, friends and other TMG members about the paediatricians they use. But remember, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center provides information about medical institutions with staff who speak foreign languages and information about the medical and health insurance systems in Japan. You can search for a hospital or clinic by location or by station on their website. They also offer an emergency translation service by telephone for foreign patients visiting a hospital if their treatment is not going to be carried out smoothly because of language difficulty.
In addition, the AMDA International Medical Information Center provides information on medical care and hospitals in Japan that have English-speaking staff. Visit their website.
Another option is Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Medical Information Center and you can call on 03-5285-8181. They offer services in several languages and can also explain details about insurance etc if necessary. Another useful resource is Japan Healthcare Info which can be found here.
Some of the more "frequented" English-speaking paediatricians are:
Dr. Karl Che, Dr. Karl Che's Clinic (located within National Medical Clinic)
#202, 5-16-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku
Dr. Inagaki, Inagaki Clinic
5-7-17 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
03-5453-1399, 03-5453-2833/44 (Same day reservations)
Dr. Norio Endo, Endo Clinic
#305 Meguro Nishiguchi Mansion, 2-24-13 Kamioosaki, Shinagawa-ku
Dr. Michiko Suwa, Suwa Pediatric Clinic
Nikko Royal Palace 103, 5-16-4 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
While not pediatricians, family doctors or GPs are another option:
(Dr. Isao Tsutsumi)
Barbizon 34 Bldg 7F, 4-14-6 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku
(Dr. Grant Mikasa)
No.1 Niikura Building 3F, 1-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(Dr. Leo King)
6-31-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
#202, 5-16-11 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku
32 Shiba koen Building 2F, 3-4-30 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku
Barbizon Build. 2F, 1-20-3-203 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
82 Yametecho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Midtown Tower 6F, Akasaka 9-7-1, Minato-ku
Finally, the pediatrics department at the following hospitals are well worth checking out:
1-16-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku
International Catholic Hospital (Seibo Hospital)
2-5-1 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
8-10-16 Akasaka, Minato-ku
9-1 Akashicho, Chuo-ku
2-34-10 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
Nydes Ishiwatari - Providing services in Tokyo, Saitama & Yokohama
The following dental clinics have paediatric dentistry and English-speaking staff:
Hiroo Office - 5-9-23 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Yoyogi-Uehara Office - 46-17 Ooyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
2F-3-31-2 Nishihara, Shibuya-ku
Forrest Terrace West, 1-3-3 Motoazabu, Minato-Ku
2-10-1 Okura, Setagaya-ku
4-33-13 Dai-machi, Hachioji-shi
1-3-1 Umezono, Kiyose-shi
The following pharmacies have (or had) English-speaking staff:
Maru Bldg. B1F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
National Azabu Pharmacy
National Azabu Supermaket, 4-5-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo Medical & Surgical Clinic Medical Dispensary
No. 32 Shibakoen Bldg. 3-4-30 Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku
Hopefully you will never need to use this section, but if the need arises, you should be prepared. Plan in advance what to do in an emergency. Discuss with your paediatrician (or family doctor) about what to do and identify the emergency hospitals in your area.
To call for an ambulance, dial 119. Note that this is the emergency services number for fires (kaji) and ambulances (kyukyusha). (For police dial 110.) If possible, get a Japanese speaker to make the call for you, but don't hesitate to call in English when necessary.
First Aid & Emergency Courses
If you are interested in learning more about first aid care, the following courses are available:
Diving school that offers an Emergency First Response Care for Children Course.
Emergency care training program run at KSpace International.
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