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Given the run around by unprofessional GP.

By gato111 - 22 June 2009 73

I injured my arm since beginning of June, I’m typing with one hand now btw. The first week I didn’t think much about it, it got worse till I’m lacking strength in my hand and I’m in pain most of the time, someone told me it might be carpal tunnel and I should check it out.

I booked a doctor that my mum got me to see last year as my mum thinks she’s a better doctor. The doctor is hard to make a booking with so with minor illnesses I go to a nearby clinic. Between last week and this week I managed to see another doctor as an interim measure, however my hand haven’t improved.

I managed to book an appointment this week (took one week), I went into the clinic this morning, the receptionist accused me of not turning on my cell phone so she couldn’t  contact me to rescheduled, I am slightly annoyed as I couldn’t drive and my DH had to take time off work to drive me, and he’s super busy at the moment, but I can’t do anything about it so agreed to rescheduled to 2 1/2 hrs later. Turned out the receptionist only called me 10 minutes before our arrival at the clinic so I couldn’t turn back anyway.

We drove back to the clinic at the rescheduled time, waited a little while more, saw the doctor and she proceeded to loudly read out my past medical history in front of my DH, then told me I haven’t seen her for 1 and a half years, I told her it’s because it’s hard to book her and I need medical treatment and certificate for work straight away for the minor illnessses.

She proceeded to ask me of my aliment, as soon as she thought it might be work related she refused to treat me, told me it’s too stressful  for her and I am not her regular patient and see no point in putting in the time to treat me . She told me I should go to my regular doctor, I thought she already took me in as a regular patient last time she agreed to see me, she had no qualms charging me double rate last time.

She also said some other things that’s not very nice and unprofessional and by that stage I’m ready to leave. The point is I waited 1 more week to see her instead of going to another doctor last Friday, I placed my trust in her, and trusted my mum’s judgment. I need to be referred to a specialist soon, I hope the doctor tomorrow won’t refuse to treat me.

What’s Your opinion?


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Given the run around by unprofessional GP.
I-filed 7:30 pm 22 Jun 09

Hercsie said :

What sort of injury?

Was it a trauma of some sort, or a repetitive strain?

Might be worth consulting a physio?

Sounds pretty much the way my (competent, professional) doctor service would treat me if I presented as a whinger.
Self-centred people who stress out and whinge will suffer much more than optimistic people when they have an injury. And are hard to treat. And they annoy everyone, including other patients. I’m so with the doctor’s attitude on this, including rejecting a workers’ comp case.
Why shouldn’t the doctor charge you for a long appointment, if you took the time? Do you take the time to figure that you might have been creating a wait for other patients, if you hadn’t booked (and therefore expected to be charged for) a long appointment?
I also don’t understand, what makes you think you should have precedence over the doctor’s main patient body? I’d spew if my doctor gave an occasional ring-in precedence over my needs.

BerraBoy68 6:54 pm 22 Jun 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

I’m typing with one hand now btw

…me

…too

Must… resist… temptation… to allude… to… p0rn….

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:29 pm 22 Jun 09

I’m typing with one hand now btw

…me

…too

BerraBoy68 6:28 pm 22 Jun 09

Clown Killer said :

Does anyone els have two small blue faces peering out at them from the left hand side of the OP text or have I started drinking way to early this afternoon?

Er… yea, the ones I’m seeing are blinking and mouthing shock/surprise.., IS this a new premium feature?

I’m cautious on this one as there are two sides to every story and you seem to have upset both the receptionist and the GP somehow, even to the point of the GP saying you were making her feel stressed. I’m not saying it’s your fault though as I wasn’t there so can’t make in informed comment other than to say ‘If you do feel seriously aggrieved by the GP you should make a formal complaint’.

gun street girl 6:19 pm 22 Jun 09

If a patient brings another person into a consulting room with them (a “DH” or otherwise), it’s somewhat assumed that you don’t mind the third party hearing the consultation, which will invariably include a recap of one’s past medical history and other personal matters. Many GPs won’t take on cases that have a whiff of worker’s comp about them; particularly if they don’t have regular contact with those patients.

Hercsie 6:01 pm 22 Jun 09

What sort of injury?

Was it a trauma of some sort, or a repetitive strain?

Might be worth consulting a physio?

gato111 5:29 pm 22 Jun 09

gato111 said :

DH- dear hubby.

Not a paying customer. Just didn’t edited my post to cater for riot-acters.

GP in inner South suburb, 2 doctors with the same surname in the same suburb, it’s the one with the non Caucasian sounding surname (starting with L).

Bugger I mean first name is non Caucasian.

Morgan 5:27 pm 22 Jun 09

Dear Husband

gato111 5:27 pm 22 Jun 09

DH- dear hubby.

Not a paying customer. Just didn’t edited my post to cater for riot-acters.

GP in inner South suburb, 2 doctors with the same surname in the same suburb, it’s the one with the non Caucasian sounding surname (starting with L).

Trunking symbols 5:25 pm 22 Jun 09

grunge_hippy said :

what/who is a DH?

D!ck Head most likely . . .

Rawhide Kid No 2 5:21 pm 22 Jun 09

peterh said :

Clown Killer said :

Does anyone els have two small blue faces peering out at them from the left hand side of the OP text or have I started drinking way to early this afternoon?

I do. buggered if I know how they got there…

bit too facebook or yahoo messaging for me…

Must be a paying customer…… 🙂

peterh 5:16 pm 22 Jun 09

Clown Killer said :

Does anyone els have two small blue faces peering out at them from the left hand side of the OP text or have I started drinking way to early this afternoon?

I do. buggered if I know how they got there…

bit too facebook or yahoo messaging for me…

Clown Killer 5:13 pm 22 Jun 09

Does anyone els have two small blue faces peering out at them from the left hand side of the OP text or have I started drinking way to early this afternoon?

grundy 5:03 pm 22 Jun 09

Name and Shame! It’s the RiotACT way!

grunge_hippy 5:02 pm 22 Jun 09

what/who is a DH?

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