Being a Good Patient at the Doctor's Office
Don't waste your time or the doctor's time by being unprepared. This is a page about being a good patient at the doctor's office
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I work in a doctor's office and I see some big time-wasters caused by patients that I would like to pass on to you.
- Patients hate when they have to wait for the doctor, so please, please be on time to your appointment. Even 5 minutes late causes a big ripple on down the line.
- If you can't keep your appointment, call the office as soon as possible to cancel it.
- Don't assume that just because the doctor is smiling and laughing, he doesn't have more patients. He or she usually does.
- Have all your questions and information written down so you will be ready when the doctor comes in. Bringing someone with you can also help.
- When you call the doctor's office, please remember that he or she is seeing people in the office. If the doctor doesn't call back within the hour, please don't call the office back. They will call you back.
- Please don't use your cell phone when in the doctor office. It is very annoying to the other people in the waiting room. Go outside or even into the hallway if you have to be on the phone.
- If the nurse asks you to get on the scale, assume it is because the doctor has told her to put you on the scale.
- If your baby has a stinky diaper, ask for a plastic bag to dispose it in. Do not put the diaper in the trash can - either take it with you or ask the nurse to dispose of it outside.
- Please don't bring children and then expect the office staff to babysit while you are with the doctor. We are working, not there to babysit.
- Finally, please be friendly. I am a person and so is the doctor. I love my job and most of the patients. But there are some patients that are just plain rude.
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