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Thread: Waiting at the doctor's office...what do you do?

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    I had been helping my Mother a few years, and had a few trips to ER. She had heart problems for one! However, always waited! It scared me to wait so long, but wait we did. THEN, I was away, my Dad called about Mom,I didn't 'trust him to drive at night in distress. I said call the ambulance. Guess what, right in & taken care of! So, if we were concerned enough to want her to seek help, we called the ambulance. We didn't take advantage, but realized those guys really can help & know what they are doing! They were actually a "life saver' on more than one occasion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I found this topic interesting as I've noticed in the past 2-3 years a change in many doctor's offices where I live. Most of them now have signs advising the patient to tell the front desk if they have waited more than given number of minutes, usually 15-25. It's actually been a while since I've had to wait in a doctor's office, sometimes to the point that I have to laugh because I've just gotten started on some article I wanted to read and was called to the back. My family care/primary care doc calls me his favorite patient, even in front of his nurses. But if I had to wait over an hour each time I went in, I'd change docs in a heart beat.

    I just wish our extremely busy (2nd busiest in the state) emergency department could get it together; it's been horrific for literally years. I once took my 88 year old father in at 10pm for chest pains -CHEST PAINS, mind you! - and we sat in the waiting room for 45 minutes BEFORE he was even triaged. And that happened only because I made a little scene about it. Thank God he was having stomach/reflux issues not heart, but WE didn't know that and neither did they at first.

    When I torn my achilles tendon from my heel last week, I went to our adorable little county hospital where they treat you like family -- love that place -- and they were so dear to me and my mother at 2am. Exam, xrays, labs, warm blankets, in/out in 2 hours.

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    I have heart disease, when I have pain, it is painful. When we go to the emergency room, my DH takes over in aggressive mode. He will think nothing of going to the back and telling them that his wife is there with chest pain and she needs help NOW. That usually gets their attention.

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    Looooooooooong time ago I had a GYN Dr. appt. After 1 and 1/2 hrs, I asked about the delay (yes, I know, I waited too long), and she explained doctor was held up at hospital because a procedure (which she named) had not gone well with the patient and he was held up there but would be back shortly. Since I really liked my doctor and I had already missed most of the morning at work, I continued to wait. When he got there and examined me, after the exam he came and told me that I needed a certain procedure done - AND IT WAS THE SAME ONE ! Boy, was that scary - but I trusted him and when I had it, it went well. As others have said, some doctors are worth waiting for, and some are not.

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    We usually don`t have to wait long, my problem is getting to see the Dr. I want to see. Having one problem and 3 or 4 drs. seeing you, gets to me. As far as waiting, I don`t mind because I bring my Meditations book and find reading good for the soul.

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    I have a dr in a town of about 7,000. Doctor shortage. I have waited 2 hrs to get lab work done. Not fun!

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    I took my Mother to the ER in my hometown and waited for them to call her back. She was so sick she kept sliding out of the wheel chair that the ER provided. After about an hour and a half I went to window to see what the hold up was. A nurse came out and advised me from this point on instead of bringing her to the ER to always call an ambulance. Walk-ins always wait. Ambulance patients are taken straight back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
    I read a book on my tablet while I wait.
    Me too jlm5419. I don't get many breaks in which I can read so I love having the time. However, this overbooking....there should be a law against it. An eye surgeon recently damaged my son's eye because he was so overbooked and hurried through an operation. We don't know if my son will get his sight back or not.

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    Wow...so many different experiences here. I must be extremely lucky. I deal with a major clinic and hospital, and rarely have to wait very long. They have the "15 minute" signs up, but I've never had to complain. Once the nurse finishes, the doctor is usually there in 3-5 minutes. Lab work never takes long either. My only ER visit they had been notified I was coming, and were waiting for me, so I was rushed straight through. I had a 10:40 appointment this past Friday with my cardiologist. Arrived 5 minutes early, was called on time, and talking to the Dr. by 10:45. No complaints here!!

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    I have started taking crocheting when I go with my husband to his dr appts. Or I take a book, as most of the dr's here won't let you use wifi or your cell phone. There is a note to turn it off upon entering the office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyan View Post
    For example, one patient is scheduled, and they bring along the brother because he has a fever too, they did not schedule this patient, so we work them in.

    The parent who shows with her son's physical form that needs signed now because he cannot try out for football unless signed now.
    Both of these instances are perfect examples of how to run an overscheduled, chaotic office. These patients should be told to schedule an appointment, just like everyone else does. It is rude and inconsiderate to both the doctor and his other patients. If they're decent people, they would realize what they've asked, apologize, and make their future appointment. If they're not decent, then who needs them as patients? They're just going to keep making unreasonable, selfish demands.

    I've had two health scares with my husband, the first was I thought he was having a stroke. He had all the symptoms and had gotten off a plane earlier that day. I took him straight to the ER where we waited while others with earaches and knee scrapes went before him - NON-emergencies. As to calling an ambulance - we live down the street from the hospital, it's actually faster to drive him there than to wait for the ambulance to come from the opposite direction, not to mention the $700 ambulance co-pay.

    For DH's second emergency, I thought I'd avoid the whole nightmare ER scenario, so I took him to the Urgent Care Clinic, which, in the past when I've had to take my boys, has been quicker and more efficient. Unfortunately, they determined he was diabetic and they could not treat him at Urgent Care, so they referred him to the ER. I hoped that since they had referred him and his blood sugar was dangerously high, we would get quicker service, but no, we ended up waiting yet again. One of the patients we waited for was a young woman who was worried she had been exposed to pinkeye. Ugh.
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    I have fantastic doctors in the surgery. They listen intently and take time to listen so no wonder they run late. I try to get an early time but really don't mind waiting as sometimes I've been in well over my allocated time. They also did a home visit in their free time once. We are very lucky they care so much so complaints on waiting disappear.
    I do complain about the difficulty in getting an appointment.
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    I recently went to the doctor and actually had two appointments in the same office. They told me to wait in a different waiting room. after more than 30 min. the person I was to see second came and asked why I waiting there. I explained and she went to check with the nurse. They seem to forget I was there. She came and got me and had the nurse wait till she was done. I did get three magazines read while waiting.

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    Wishing you a speedy recovery Jan.

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    I have had to wait once for 3 1/2hrs for the OBGYN. They had all of us waiting instead of rescheduling when he got called into a c-section. Now he reschedules appointments and i'm ok with it because i would want him to be the Dr I got when I go into labour. (I'm curently 29wks pregnant with baby #2)

    I have also had to wait 6hrs before for a different dr. this time it was at the cancer clinic. He is only there 1 day a month so you can't exactly reschedule with him. They found an abnormality on my toe so I was referred to the cancer clinic as a precaution. I was warned when they called with the appt time though. Apparently they are always behind at the cancer clinic. I brought a BOM that was all appique with me and cut it all out while waiting. it was great, I got lots done.

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    My husband once saw a surgeon who scheduled an hour's worth of patients to all come in at the same time, and then he saw them in the order they arrived. Since he was running late, DH had a long wait. Never went back to him.

    I had an initial appointment with a cardiologist and it snowed that day. The cardiologist went home due to the snow, but didn't let me know. I complained and did not reschedule with that office!

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    I had one Dr. that would call me back to the exam room and keep me waiting up to two hours. He was a great Dr. or I would have left. After he retired My waiting time is very short at all my Dr.'s I see. I have five that I see for different problems so I spend a lot of time in going to Dr.'s. My DH has several also so we wait a lot.

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    so after posting on this yesterday I had to go to my OB appt and had to wait 3 hours to see the Dr. and that was after being rescheduled from the day before.... craziness!

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    I did have one doctor who would have his office staff call you if he was running really late. You had a choice of coming in later, or rescheduling. This was way before cell phones, and if you were running errands before your appointment, and had already left home, it didn't do much good. But, I was given the opportunity to leave the office and come back later without loosing my place in line.

    When I was a kid the doctor didn't make appointments. He had office hours, and you showed up. You were expected to remember your place in line, no lists were made. He would stick his head out of his exam room door, and the next person in line would get up and go in. It was just him and his nurse (who was also his wife). I remember long waits, but since I was a kid, they might not have been that bad.

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    My regular doctor usually isn't too bad. I've only had to wait more than 1/2 hour a couple times over the years. My nutritionist, on the other hand, seems to have no concept of time. My husband walked out of his last appt. and has no plan to go back because of it. The last time I was there, the nutritionist asked and I told him that my husband didn't feel that he should have to wait for 2 hours while he talks to someone on the phone. I doubt it will make any difference though.
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