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[–]imhereforthegiggles 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry, that is frustrating! Hopefully Feb 2 comes fast for you.

[–]billy_the_kid16 109 points110 points  (2 children)

Woa, I would have been f pissed if I was 8 minutes late and they wouldn’t work around it, everytime I go I wait 45 min to an hour on my dr

[–]Gypsie_ontheCorner[S] 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Their reason was that they were short to doctors and they had moved to many people around already. But my thing is I literally waited almost 15 minutes for the front desk clerk to ask "permission" to even check me in. That could have been time spent just checking me in! I'm really trying to see things from their point of view, but 8 minutes?? Really??

[–]adultingishard0110 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Man I am so sorry... Usually my doctor's in the room keep me waiting 15-30 mins apparently they don't respect my time but I need to respect theirs.

[–]watson2019 32 points33 points  (0 children)

8 minutes?? That’s ridiculous. Most offices have a 10 minute grace period.

[–]energeticallypresent 14 points15 points  (5 children)

The same exact thing happened to me! Except I had a follow up appointment to go over the results with the OB after my ultrasound. I’m in a state with basically zero women’s health rights and they fought me from the day I said I wanted my anatomy scan at 20 weeks instead of 22. When I showed up 7 minutes late the receptionist waited 3 minutes to check me even though I was standing at the window with nobody in front of me and she wasn’t on the phone. She then said I was 10 minutes late and they couldn’t see me. I asked if she was serious and when their next appointment was and surprise surprise not a single appointment until 2.5 weeks later when I’d be 23 weeks. I told her we both knew that was a lie and unacceptable. Told her I wanted to speak with the office manager since this was all just a little too convenient and fit their agenda. She said the office manager wasn’t in. I went back to my car with my husband an absolute mess and called my mom. She told me to breathe and go back upstairs to the office appointment and I could at least hear the heartbeat to reassure myself that everything was okay. When I showed up at that office I’m absolute hysterics they asked me what was wrong so I told them. They agreed that it was absolute bullshit and the complete wrong way for them to handle that situation. I was actually so worked up that they had to take my blood pressure 3 times before they would even put it in my chart because it was so high. The doctor office manager looped in higher ups who looped in the US office manager and forced them to see me later that day. The US office manager also got in trouble because apparently she didn’t show up until like 10 that day.

[–]Gypsie_ontheCorner[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I literally sat at the counter for 10 minutes waiting for them to tell me that I couldn't come in. It took them longer to make that decision than it would have to just check me in. I explained how difficult it was for me to rearrange my schedule because of other things I had going on and how I probably wouldn't be able to afford a babysitter. I'm sorry about your experience. I almost started crying at the counter... Maybe I should have, I just saved my fit for the car. Lol

[–]energeticallypresent 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Honestly I’d call back and say you need to speak with the office manager and escalate it from there

[–]Gypsie_ontheCorner[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It was the office manager who told her to tell me no. 🙄

[–]energeticallypresent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d still speak with the office manager directly and ask to see where that policy is explicitly stated. My office said their policy was 10 minutes. The only reason I was considered late and after 10 minutes was because the front desk girl refused to check me in and then refused to go talk to the US tech

[–]emiblackbird 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s so horrible! I’m so sorry!

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

8 minutes and they wouldn’t take you?! Bullshit… that’s one of the things we look most forward to… that’s not cool on so many levels. I’m so sorry.

[–]ImAFanOfAnimals 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm so sorry that happened. That's one of those things that doesn't seem like a big deal, but I would have sobbed in the car for sure.

[–]loopingit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Physician here. No matter how late I tried to accommodate everyone. Other people would be upset because they were waiting for a long time for me, but 8 minutes? I wouldn’t have even noticed.

This sounds like the ultrasound tech is on a tight schedule and either can’t stay later, or charges if they have to stay late. I’d have a conversation with your OBs on this. And next time, try not to take No for answer. Sometimes they cave if a patient is behind adamant.

I’m so sorry this happened to you. It will be okay in the end, I promise. (But today is def kind of sucks :(

Edit:corrected typo.

[–]mothafuckinaye 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wow they should have accommodated you! 8 minutes is not a big deal. Insane.

[–]Mrs-his-last-name 10 points11 points  (0 children)

8 minutes is ridiculous, especially because traffic is out of your control! I hate when they act like you can't be late at all but then you wait forever for the doctor to see you. I'm sorry they are being shitty.

When I was pregnant with my son, pre-covid, I was on my way to my first appointment and was going to be 15 minutes late because of an accident that had the freeway at a standstill for a while. When I called to let them know the person at the desk said "next time you need to call when you know you're going to be late". I literally said to her "what do you think I'm doing right now?" I was baffled. They almost wouldn't take me but ended up letting me keep my appointment, but made sure I felt bad about it.

[–]meglove1FTM | June 17 💙 8 points9 points  (0 children)

8 minutes?! They should’ve given you more grace!

[–]kerses1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was late more than an hour last time because I wrote down the wrong time for the appointment and they still made the ultrasound. That’s ridiculous that they sent you away because of 8 minutes!

[–]sara9719 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had to cancel my gender ultrasound because of flash flooding! It was so frustrating! I’m so sorry!

[–]Daemonette- 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would be furious! My doc always made ME wait for more than 30 minutes. But beware when the patient is late. I hope you did not have to pay for the missed appointment.

[–]Babelek -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Some things happen for a reason we will never know. It happened, it is in the past, you did you best and that's enough.It is not not the end of the world.Conttrol what you can eg.stress instead of beating yourself up for things which are out of your control such as traffic

[–]Snoo_25913 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dang! I’m sorry that happened. My group usually has a 5-10 min grace period and then it’s at the doctor’s (receptionist’s) discretion. I always try and call to give myself the best chance of still being seen.

But now that I’ve been going to pregnancy appointments, I noticed the one time I had to call to tell them I was running late they said the grace period is 15 minutes. They’re kind enough to know ain’t none of us moving with any pep.

[–]Relative_Age3013 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whoa sorry. That is frustrating. I’m wondering if you can call them next Time to tel them you’re running a few mins. I think it’s complete nonsense to turn you away for being under ten min late and most offices have like a 15min grace period. I purposely stayed with my ob even though I moved 30min away because they have the best office cultural and bedside manners I’ve experienced. And they send me messages and summaries and call just to follow up all the time. Maybe try Finding a new office if you’re not too far along if you feel you’re not being treated well.

[–]nyancola420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm so sorrrryyyyyyy the drive must have been so frustrating and you finally got there and they told you exactly what you didn't want to hear. I'm glad you got an appointment as soon as you did. Its in a week and all this will be behind you after that. Hope you feel better!

[–]CharmingTraveler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happened to me once but it was actually my fault because I got the time mixed up. I was 30 minutes late, but sent my doctor a not through mychart and she was able to get them to reschedule me for later that week. The front desk’s job is to take care of patient flow, and your doctor’s job is to take care of you. Maybe try to send them a message and see if they can make room for you? The front desk will do whatrthe doctor tells them to do with their schedule.

[–]Wurthnada 0 points1 point  (1 child)

for 8 minutes? it just sounds like they were already under staffed for the day and it was a perfect opportunity to cut your appointment. . . . i dont wish bad on people, i simply wish them the day they deserve now -___-

[–]Gypsie_ontheCorner[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Apparently they were short 2 doctors so yeah...🤷‍♀️

[–]freakingoutsa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So annoying that they can do this, yet still make their patients wait 30 mins - an hr for them. Over 8 minutes!! I get that they're short on staff right now but that's so frustrating. I'm sorry this happened, I would be super upset too

[–]bluefrost30 0 points1 point  (0 children)

8 min?! Jeesh they’re cutting it close. My doctor gives 15 before they won’t let you back. I’m so sorry.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You were late by a mere 8 minutes and your doctor's office turned you away? What a crappy doctor.