Typical Doctor Visit?

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   Posted 1/11/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I just visited my gastro again and got to wondering what everybody else's visits are like.

1. How long do you usually wait before the nurse and doctor see you?
2. What do they usually do to you?
3. How long do they usually see you for?

My gastro clinic seems to be really busy and in the past it's been pretty difficult to make an appointment within 2 weeks, but after that it's usually possible. I think I usually wait in the waiting room for about 15 minutes. Then the nurse weighs me, takes blood pressure and pulse, and asks about all my meds and current condition. Then I usually wait another 15-20 minutes for the doctor. He usually presses around my abdomen, seeing if there are any tender spots. Then we talk about how I'm doing, future course of action, and then it's a Q&A session. I always have a list of question and he usually tries to wrap up after 15 minutes or so by saying he has other patients to see. If I need any drugs, I'll see if he has any freebies. After that, it's a fairly quick process of scheduling another appointment and checking out.
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   Posted 1/11/2010 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my appointment on friday just gone not really impressed with the doc I saw, end up seeing a different one everytime this one never checked me over i.e weight, bloods even though i hadn't been to that clinic since june just said "you seem to be doing ok" obviously he didn't read the notes as if he had he would of seen i had been in A&E twice in Dec told him i had come off Pentasa he said "well as your going into hospital in the next few weeks we will see you in 4 months" that was it! when i asked about going on maintenance meds he informed me your surgeon will look after you!! what a waste of time that follow up was hence thats the reason i'll be getting a referal to the crohns and colitis hopital in harrow once this op is out the way.
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   Posted 1/11/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI actually usually takes me before my appointments. I'm one of those people who always likes to be early for everything, so I tend to show up at the hospital 30-45 mins early, and I almost always get taken right away, never been more than 5 mins late. My PCP is a different story, I wait for up to an hour after my appointment to see her, it drives me crazy. My GI is at a teaching hospital - I used to be seen by a student before she would see me, but this hasn't happened in a while. The student would go through all of their routine questions about my symptoms, etc, and press on my stomach to see if it's tender. After that I'd see my doctor and she'd do the same thing, ask me more questions, prescribe me meds, send me for blood work and schedule a follow up. Now I basically see her, and we talk about how I've been feeling lately, what my symptoms have been, she suggests meds/supplements/etc, we usually talk about further tests, she gives me a requisition for bloodwork and the next steps med-wise. Then she'll press on my stomach and all that. Usually I spend between half an hour and 45 minutes with her. I'm very happy with my treatment so far, I feel really lucky to have a doctor who cares. She's called me from home on the weekends to see how I'm doing, which is really a first for me. I'm in Canada, by the way.
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