Thursday I went to see my new neurologist. It was only my second time seeing him. I got in the exam room and he told me that he was leaving in 30 days. In a nutshell, it's not the patients or staff, but the burocracy (I know I didn't spell that right) of the "higher ups". So he is going somewhere else...not far, but he couldn't tell me where. I told him I'd google him in a couple months and find out where he is and he smiled and said, "Yup! That'd work!". He has no idea who the doctor is that they're bringing in, and my old, original doctor has completely stopped seeing patients, although he is still active in the practice. So now I am wondering what to do: should I see the new doctor in a few months and see how they are? Or completely blow them off and follow my current doc? I think I'll keep my next appt. and at least meet the new person, and then make my decision. Ugh...I just hate when this happens.
Within the past couple years, it has happened to me alot...my dentist up and leaves town without a word, my eye doctor has left, my pediatrician disappeared off the face of the Earth without a word to anyone (and he had been in practice a very, very long time!), my son's dentist-the same thing and my original brain doc tells me he's going to stop seeing patients and they're bringing someone new in (my current doc).
Do these people not understand the stress they are putting their patients through when they pull up stakes and disappear like that?!?! I understand if they are leaving the practice to start somewhere else that they are not allowed to tell patients as they could then be accused of "stealing patients". But maybe they decided to retire or move away...why can't they have the courtesy to tell that to their patients?
If anyone knows why doctors nowadays seem to lack any respect for their patients when it comes to this, please...let me know.
In the future, I am going to bring a check list with me anytime I see a new doctor:
1. How long have you been in practice?
2. How many times have you moved?
3. Do you plan on moving anytime soon?
4. Do you plan on retiring soon?
5. If you were to decide to move or join another practice, would you have to common courtesy to let your longtime patients know OR would you disappear on them leaving them feeling abandoned and orphaned?
6. Huh, would you?
7. WOULD YOU?????
Current rant has ended. Hope y'all have a great weekend and stay warm!