BG: As I have reported previously, I had a stroke five weeks ago (details here
but the gist is: I had a stroke, was laid up for two days, found out I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and a low heart rate. PLEASE, no medical advice, I have numerous people in long white coats helping me in that regard). I needed a new family doctor, so I got one... and wow, was that a lemon. The *only* way to get appointments was to call first thing in the morning the day you wanted an appointment and see if the doctor's been booked up by other people doing the same thing. If so, call back next week, because this doctor only sees patients once a week. End BG
I fired my PCP after trying repeatedly to get an appointment, and am currently waiting on seeing my new doctor (who has sane appointment policies... I called and checked before I switched. Fool me once...) So today I had an appointment at the (I am not making this name up) HEART FAILURE CLINIC
for my low heart rate, for this morning. Seriously? Not the "Heart Wellness Center" or other, no... let's jump straight to giving you a heart attack by naming the place they prevent them. Oy. Okay, so I get there (for my 8:30 AM appointment!) and discover that without a referral from my PCP, all they can do is reschedule me. So they try to get the new doctor on the phone, and finally at 9:30 they pick up so the HFC can ask if I can get a referral. Short answer: No
. Long answer? Nooooooooooooooo
. Basically, they've never laid eyes on me, so no referral. Okay, annoying but it's a CYA policy. (Of course, my low heart rate was diagnosed a block away by this very hospital when I had my stroke, but whatever.) So now, I have a new appointment.
For May. MAY. I go back in two months. Because my first PCP (the first I've had in two decades, I might add) schedules things according to the time honored method of "call in and pray". At least I'll have plenty of time to meet the new doctor.