(Closed) Doctor's office giving out my phone number?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
6441 posts
Bee Keeper

rusticchic212:  How do you know she wasn’t a nurse at the doctor’s office using a different extension? When I was pregnant, my OB had a general number, but every front desk woman or nurse that called me all had different numbers.  I wouldn’t first assume that she was giving out your information until after you talk to this person who’s been calling you.  My OB’s office had some older nurses that sounded like someone’s mother as well, but I never once thought it was someone else.

Post # 17
9286 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I think you’re overreacting a bit considering you were left a couple of polite messages from your doctor’s office that could very well be completely legit and related to your consultation. If you call back and it’s something silly, then just politely ask them to remove you off any lists as you’d prefer not to be contacted.

Also, I used to dislike talking to people on the phone too, but that quickly went away when I was forced into doing it often, and thank god for that. You’ll find that being able to just pick up a phone and call someone is a skill that comes incredibly handy in life — it’s generally waaay more effective than trying to email. View it as an opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Post # 18
1787 posts
Buzzing bee

I find it funny you think it’s a waste of your time to call back, but you’ve spent time searching for an email address. You’d waste zero time if you’d just answer the first or second phone call- and don’t say you didn’t have time b/c you did, you listened to the messages right away. I bet answering the call would have taken 2min max conversation. And I bet she’s just a family member employee at the office.

Post # 19
537 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

yupmarried:  +1 The fact that she says “you probably know why I’m calling” is an attempt at discretion, which further points to her working for the doctor’s office. I’m not sure why you have such anxiety about a simple phone call, but, particularly where your health and privacy are concerned, all of this is so much unnecessary stress and drama…  

Post # 20
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Jeez, I came on here thinking I would see a thread about a woman whose details were sold to a call centre in Bangladesh!!! 

Clearly it is the surgery calling you, I really cannot see why you would be upset by that? Call them back!

Post # 22
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I find the whole “you probably know why I’m calling” thing weird. 

OP, I’m like you. I despise talking on the phone. Unless someone tells me why they’re calling and why I need to call them, I’m not calling them. 

Post # 23
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The “you probably know why I’m calling” sounds like an attempt at privacy/discretion to me.  Most doctor’s offices won’t leave any information in a voice mail other than asking for a call back, unless you specifically sign paperwork giving them permission to do so.  It’s usually part of new patient forms.

They don’t know if it’s your cell phone or your house line/answering machine and your Mother-In-Law might be listening so you don’t want the person saying “I’m calling about the breast augmentation consultaion you had today, and we had a cancellation and can fit you in earlier” or whatever it is they need to tell you.  Especially something like plastic surgery, where a lot of people like to keep those details private. 

Post # 24
2455 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I hate talking on the phone to strangers.  HATE IT.  Like ignore calls from unknown numbers, listen to the voicemail to see if I need to call back.  Sometimes though you just gotta deal with it.

It could be a wife, mother, or even sister (in law) or cousin (in law) or any variety of relationship working in the office.  Just call back.  It’d be so much faster than looking up an address or posting on the internet.

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Post # 25
444 posts
Helper bee

rusticchic212:  The next doctor you contact should probably be a psychiatrist to work through your extreme anxiety over a simple phone call.

Post # 26
12322 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

This goes to show the extent of the aversion some people have developed to an actual, gasp, telephone call. It’s obviously a call from the doctor’s office. If you’re really concerned, just call the main office # and say you got a call from Mrs. X and you are returning her call. You can say you got a VM from someone at a different number, but you were not sure who was calling and for what purpose.  

Post # 29
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Good for you!  We all have phobias and the only thing that helps sometimes is confronting it.  I hated calling people till I had to for my job and now I don’t mind and actually prefer it as it’s much faster than email in many cases. 

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