Post # 1
I was supposed to have my colposcopy today. But the gyno’s office left me a voicemail saying they needed to reschedule. When I called them back, the soonest appointment available that I could actually get to is a month from now.
The damn NP kept me waiting almost an hour when I had my annual exam a couple of weeks ago because she showed up to work late. Today she cancelled because she’s sick. While I understand that, I’m pissed that they think it’s ok to keep me waiting a month to find out if I might have or get cancer. She only does procedures at 2:00 pm, and they don’t have any openings on days when I don’t have school (3 days out of the week). It’s the 2:00 thing that’s got me upset. She should’ve made a damn exception since she’s the one who screwed things up for me.
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of a doctor’s office making a patient wait a month for further diagnostics! I would definitely find a new office. That is unacceptable.
If this is the only place you can go, I’d get out of class to have the colposcopy sooner.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I agree. I’d find another doctor and have my records faxed over.
Post # 5
I’d recommend that you go there in person to get a copy of all of your records and then find a new office.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Definitely find a new doctor! I agree with the PP, go get all your records and take them somewhere else
Post # 7
I drove right on over there and demanded copies of my records, which they handed over. I have an appointment for a consultation at another office next Tuesday.
I considered finding a new doctor and having them fax the records over, but they screwed me over years ago when I needed them to fax copies for a new health insurance policy I bought.
Post # 8
@strawbabies: I’ve worked a specialist office, and on occasion, we had to move patients for completely legitimate reasons – doctor got caught up on hospital rounds, got called to theatre at a moment’s notice. Any number of things. And it was a struggle for us to find a spot to put the patient in. I still work in a medical office now, different field, and we offer patients what we have available – we can’t bend the rules to suit one person who is completely inflexible.
While it sucks having to wait another month, it’s unlikely that you will go from abnormal pap into cancer. Left untreated, these lesions may, or may not, turn to cancer 10 years down the track. I had an abnormal pap 6 months ago, and on review yesterday, the abnormality has cleared on its own with no treatment.
As for the nurse turning up late – maybe she had house calls to attend to, maybe she got caught up with a patient, maybe she had sick kids – you just don’t know. I once had to move a week’s worth of appointments for a doctor I worked for, because his wife got really sick, and had to be flown to a hospital 4 hours away for emergency brain surgery. She nearly died. I had so many snappy and snarly patients to contend with, and it made me so mad because they had no idea how desperate the situation was – Even though we told them as a courtesy, with the doctor’s permission. Bottom line is, you don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life, why they’re late, why they had to cancel your appointment, so be a bit lenient. They’re not doing it to spite you. If you can’t miss school to make appointments offered to you sooner than a month, then that’s up to you – the appointment was still offered.
Just some insight from the other side of the desk. Doctors and nurses hate to move appointments, and so do I, it’s my absolute least favourite job.
Post # 9
@Deejayelle: This is actually just the last straw in a long string of things that have bugged me for several years about that practice. On its own I could have dealt with it.
As for her being late, I would’ve excused it had she bothered to apologize for it. But she strolled in almost an hour after my appointment time and I guess I was supposed to just be happy she bothered to show up. But the fact that she didn’t even acknowledge that she showed up late bothers me.
Post # 10
Yeah, definitely time for a new doctor!
Post # 12
Glad you are going to a new doctor, I used to go to one that did my colposcopy, and he was great, but always running late, sometimes I would wait for 2 hours to see him, so I changed….so much happier with my new OB….hope you have better luck with the new Doc!
Post # 13
The only doc in our town that does colposcopies often has us waiting for 2+ hours. ugh it’s so frustrating and I would change if I could!